The Lagos State government has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to truck owners whose vehicles have caused perennial gridlock on the roads across the state to move them or face stiff sanction.
The 24-hour ultimatum was issued after a meeting with stakeholders, especially truck owners, tank farm operators and members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), convened by the state government to find a lasting solution to the problems of traffic on Lagos roads.
It was noted that the areas worst hit by the ugly traffic situation in Lagos include Apapa, Mile 2, Ijora and Kirikiri.
In his presentation at the meeting, the representative of Lagos State government and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mr. Taiwo Olufemi, complained over the parking of heavy duty trucks on bridges within the state thereby further distressing them.
He said that the influx of articulated vehicles into the Lagos Apapa Quays thereby exceeding the port’s 30 million metric tons of cargo to now over 80 million metric tons, does not help matters.
Mr Olufemi therefore called for the need to clean up Apapa at all cost.