APAPA-OSHODI ROAD: Lagos attributes traffic gridlock to fuel scarcity

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BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI

LAGOS – Motorists along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, particularly between Mile2 and Apapa Port, have been having difficulties getting to their destinations as a result of terrible traffic, no thanks to indiscriminate parking by fuel tanker drivers on the road.

Most residents and motorists who daily ply the road complained of spending at least three hours, along the axis with traffic officers watching helplessly as the tanker drivers ignore their directives.

It was gathered that the situation was mainly due to long queues of fuel tankers that have taken over the major parts of the state as they await their turn to load at Folawiyo loading bay, being the only tank farm with fuel supply throughout the country.

Effort to reach the state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, was unsuccessful as he was not available for comment at press time.

However, the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Babatunde Edu, through the Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mamud Taiwon explained that the situation was being put under control through efforts of LASTMA officials and the Presidency’s special  Joint Task-force.

He said: “According to reports, Folawiyo bay is the  only loading bay with fuel supply, hence the rush along the axis.  Nevertheless, our men are on ground with a joint taskforce to control the situation.

“As a result of this development, we have additional LASTMA personnel on ground to ato manage the situation.

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