- The Lagos State Government is seto impound trucks causing gridlocks in Apapa.
- From next Saturday, movement of trucks in and out of the Lagos seaports will be organised through a transparent electronic call-up system
Lagos State Government and the leadership of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) have recorded a major progress in an effort to proffer lasting solution to the menace of trucks causing gridlocks in Apapa.
The government stated that from next Saturday, movement of trucks in and out of the Lagos seaports will be organised through a transparent electronic call-up system that will be based on first-come-first-serve basis.
The development was disclosed, on Tuesday, when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the NPA Managing Director, Mrs. Hadiza Bala Usman, at the State House, Alausa.
According to the governor, no container-laden truck is expected to go on Apapa corridor without clearance from the call-up platform.
Sanwo-Olu added that any truck that flouts the electronic roster and park along Apapa corridor will be impounded by the Taskforce already set up by the Lagos State Government.
He, however, expressed optimism on the transparent electronic call-up system, saying the move was the beginning of the end of Apapa gridlock.
He said the call-up platform would be complemented with virtual dashboards that will be placed in strategic locations around the seaports, where all stakeholders will monitor scheduling of container movement.
Sanwo-Olu praised NPA for the innovative approach towards tackling the truck menace around ports, pledging that the State Government would sustain the effort with strict enforcement of traffic regulations along the Apapa corridor.
The governor stated that the state government would be deploying 500 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to work collaboratively with NPA and enforce the new call-up regulation.
He further said the state was working out a collaboration between the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) and NPA to ascertain the road worthiness of trucks before leaving their stations to the seaports. This, he said, is to check truck accidents on the highways.
While speaking, Ms. Bala Usman said the visit to the State House was to brief the Governor on the status of the electronic call-up platform before it would be fully launched.
The NPA boss said the development underscored NPA’s commitment towards ending the menace of trucks around the seaports.
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