By Godwin Oritse
THE Charted Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT) has decried the un-regulated construction of tank farms on the ports access roads, a development they say has contributed the perennial traffic situation in and around the Apapa area.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a one day workshop on policy measures to de-congest the Mile 2 â€“ Apapa expressway organized by the Institute Federal Government has been called upon to halt further construction of tank farms at Ibafon and along the expressway leading to the ports in Lagos..
Participants at the workshop also urged government to enforce parking prohibition on the road and common user access and ensure that any body found to have violated is sanctioned..
Chairman, Tin Can Island Zone of CILT Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Usoro, called on the government to Rehabilitate both the expressway and the service lanes, while extending BRT bus scheme to improve accessibility.
Usoro also said that the delivery of cargoes from the various terminals in portsÂ should be well co-ordinated with a view to avoiding traffic build up.
Part of the communique reads â€œthat the conditions of vehicles, trucks and tankers meet up with minimum standards required of the, while allÂ dilapidated vehicles, trucks and tankers are removed from the high way by appropriate enforcement agencies
â€œThe government should also construct a computerized ultra Modern truck holding bay (parking space) that could enable trucks and other vehicles take their turn to load and off-load their containers.
â€œEnsuring periodic enlightenment programmesÂ to road users and we also recommendÂ the use of 5Pâ€™s concept â€“ users, Perceptions, Persuasion, Prediction, Per_taking and Prevention for this purpose.
â€œ A rail line linking Tin can Port to Oshodi â€“ Iddo Rail line as an alternative mode to the only existing road network be constructed an d thisÂ will involve Relocation, Resettlement and Compensationâ€.
Besides the construction of tank farms on the port access roads CILT also blamed the traffic congestion on traffic growth in containers and tankers, unplanned development,Â Illegal parking and stopping, and the unwholesome activities of the security agencies
According to the Mr Francis Ehiguese National Executive Director of CILT Nigeria, the situation has gotten to point such that it is now a war to get into Apapa and a greater war coming out of the place.
He said that the important role played by the nationâ€™s economic zone can not be over-emphasised because the countryâ€™s imports/exporst are done by sea; therefore there is no real alternative to securing the zone.
In his words, Some 90 percent of our foreign trade is by bulk shipping. Our offshore oil and gas constitute important elements of our economy and most of it are in our maritime environment.â€ â€œCommercial and subsistence fishing are important sources of both foreign exchange and food for many of our people in the coastline.â€