Thursday, 19 July 2018

Apapa Traffic Gridlock Persist, As Lagos Police Says Developments will Soon Be A Thing Of The Past




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The persistence traffic gridlock that has been hampering inflow and outflow of movements in Apapa metropolis is gradually getting out of hand.

Motorist stranded, commuters also finding alternative means with very limited transports sources. Some commuter coming from Badagry, Ojo and Agbara environ  told urban express news that what gives them some sigh of relieve is the water transport alternative that they usually take advantage of from their location, whilst those coming from Oshodi with having singular route narrate how tankers and container-laden trucks are at present, illegally parked in different location of the road from both origin and destination, making those coming from Oshodi route find it very difficult to access the road.


Stationary trucks parked on the entire stretch of the dual carriage from Oshodi Apapa Expressway, inward tin can.
Consequently, traffic on the ever busy road has been totally paralyzed with untold suffering for motorist pedestrians, and other road users

Findings from our reporter indicates that there are thousands of truck along Iyana isolo, with a long stretch to tin can, there are also stationary trucks between ijora road to the palm grove, spanning from the marine bridge to ijora within the bridge length down the lane from the stadium to Eko bridge scattered across costain-stadium Alaka-fadeyi.
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An Eyewitness told urban express news online that the permanent shutdown of Oshodi –Apapa began on Monday when articulated vehicles specifically trucks descended on that route in what seems to be a planned and well-articulated idea tailored with action. This, they did form tight-parking queues that stretched all the way to Coker bus stop denying other motorist going to mile two, Berger access to the road and with no official reaction to check the trend as many road users expressed fear that the siege of trucks was sure to get to Oshodi as at today.
But reacting to these developments, the Lagos state police command said the situation would be a thing of the past. The commissioner of police, imohimi Edgal made this disclosure through its public relation officer csp chike oti; saying with the assurances he got during a town hall meeting he had with stakeholders saddled with the responsibility of ensuring orderliness on Apapa metropolis, there is a solution on sight.
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‘We had meeting of stakeholders attended by the brigade commander, 9th brigade, sector commander FRSC, commandant NSCDC, General manager of LASMA, Area commanders and Divisional police officers with jurisdictional responsibilities to areas affected by the gridlock and permanent secretary, ministry of transport in Lagos on this specific developments with a view of finding a sustainable solution”
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He said though the meeting was adjourned to July 19( today), this it did in other to accommodate other vital stakeholders like Nigeria Port Authority, (NPA) NUPENG, Truck Drivers union and the shippers' council of Nigeria with a view to having inclusive strategies aiming at solving the persistence problems in Apapa metropolis.
“ I want to thank the people of Apapa for their patients, in a few weeks from now, we should have a sigh of relief, as I urge you all to exercise little more patience”, the statement read.
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The CP assures that all routes from origin and Apapa destination coming to wharf are effectively policed by Motorcycle and Foot patrol teams of the Lagos Police Command. He added.

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