Lagosians may finally be able to heave a sigh of relief in 72 hours as the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has ordered a 72 hour joint operation to clear the Apapa Gridlock.
This order was issued when the Vice President made an unannounced visit to the Apapa port area on Friday following the uproar caused by the gridlock in the city.
The Vice President who made a personal on the spot assessment of the situation ordered authorities concerned to restore sanity on the expressway, and for the relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to speed up the decongestion of the port.
Herald had earlier reported that Truck and Tankers had taken over major highways within Lagos metropolis, causing untold suffering and pain on commuters in the city.
The gridlock had come about when the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) implemented a new policy which saw the suspension of certain logistic companies from parking their trucks within the allotted parking spaces.
Consequently the trucks had been forced to look for alternative parking spaces and ended up taking over major highways, bridges and side streets and choking traffic.
According to the Vice President’s directive, the operation to decongest the roads would be carried out by a collaborative efforts of the Police, Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Army, the Nigeria Air Force, FRSC and the NSCDC, LASTMA, LASEMA, Container truck drivers, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NUPENG, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria .
Prof. Osinbajo had landed at the Tin Can Island park, on a chopper owned by the Nigerian Navy and accompanied by the Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi as well as several senior Naval and Police officers.
He walked close to the traffic to see the situation of things for himself and then proceeded to the Five Star Berth at the NPA where he met with relevant officials and security officers.