If recent reports are anything to go by, these are indeed strange times, especially in a country where there is an upsurge in girl-children being abused and robbed of their innocence by randy men who have become specialists in taking advantage of them and traumatising them in the process.Read More →
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Some 18 days to next month’s general elections billed for February 14 and 28, the controversies surrounding the pasting of campaign posters and materials by the two major political parties in Lagos State, the All Progressives Progress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, continues unabated, given dramatic twists it has assumed.Read More →
From every indication, the people of Rivers State have every reason to be apprehensive as the commencement date of the general elections draws near. Indeed, early warning signs of electoral violence have started rearing their heads in the State. For instance, unknown gunmen opened fire at separate locations on some members of the All progressives Congress, APC, on the day the party had its presidential rally at the Amiesemaka stadium, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state recently.Read More →
Poised to improve the learning environment of public schools across Lagos State, through the provision of constant power supply, the Lagos State Government, has finalised plans to install about 172 solar panels to light-up the schools.Read More →
In March 2008, when the current administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State took a bold step to transform the popular Oshodi market, residents heaved a sigh of relief, giving the terrorising activities of miscreants in the area then.Read More →
Mrs Enoghayin Ukponayusi Helen, a 45-year-old widow, was diagnosed with cancer and taken to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for treatment. Although she hails from a poor background, she didn’t know her quest for cure was going to be tortuous. Prior to her ailment, the mother of four sold roasted plantain to take care of her four children following the death of her husband, a pensioner, in 2009.Read More →
NIGERIA last week observed this year’s remembrance for the country’s fallen heroes who died in active service as members of the Nigerian Armed Forces. This came at a time the family of a distressed former military personnel, Kingsley Iberi, who claims to have been wrongfully dismissed from the Nigerian Army, was lamenting and telling their tale of woe to every sympathetic ear.Read More →
AGAIN, Lagosians will have to be very careful in the consumption of poultry products such as chicken and eggs, following the sudden resurgence of Avian influenza, AI, commonly called bird flu, into the state.Read More →
Indeed, it has been three years of pains and anguish for some residents in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub centre, as properties valued at over N54 billion had been lost to fire accidents.Read More →
Clashes between pastoralists and farmers are worsening in many parts of the country due to disputes over grazing reserves and water sources but the Jigawa State administration under Sule Lamido is far ahead of all others in tackling this social problem. The state government has established 400 grazing reserves, 50 of which have already been gazetted. Grazing reserves tend to be merely unattended bush in other places, but, in Jigawa State, Lamido has seen to it that they are equipped with facilities such as windmills, power pumps and boreholes as well as improved grass and resting facilities.Read More →
Several Customs operatives and clearing agents operating at the PTML Mile 2 Annex, Lagos narrowly escaped death when a truck crashed into the building housing both the customs office and staff of the terminal operator on Wednesday.Read More →
NIGERIA yesterday observed this year’s remembrance for the country’s fallen heroes who died in active service as members of the Nigerian Armed Forces. This came at a time the family of a distressed former military personnel, Kingsley Iberi, who claims to have been wrongfully dismissed from the Nigerian Army, was lamenting and telling their tale of woe to every sympathetic ear.Read More →
This is a new dimension in criminality as some underage persons are being initiated into three cults namely: ‘’Awawa, Baseje and…Read More →
THE Yuletide is over,
but the traffic gridlock
experienced by Lagosians, especially road users of the ever-busy Oshodi-Apapa expressway and the Apapa environs, remains.
Towards the end of last year, the perennial traffic snarl which crippled vehicular and commercial activities on the road worsened, as drivers of petroleum tanker and articulated vehicles heading towards and out of the Apapa ports, as well as tank farms located on the road, took over the road .
Road users’ hope for solace any time soon, may have been dashed, as Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has declared that the situation might continue unless the Federal Government takes certain necessary measures.
Bothered by the activities of tanker drivers and operators of articulated vehicles on the road, as well as the ongoing reconstruction of the road by the Federal Government, through the construction giant, Julius Berger Plc, the state government had over the years taken steps in collaboration with other agencies to find tangible results to the situation.
Fashola, severally gave ultimatums to oil firms to re-organise their operations by refraining their clients from parking on the highway which had continued to paralyse business activities in the axis, especially along Oshodi-Apapa and Ijora-Apapa axis.
Necessary measures were actually put in place to ensure compliance with the state Road Traffic Law 2014. Unfortunately, the horrible situation seems to have defied all solutions.
Fashola in company of some stakeholders visited Mile 2 and Apapa environs severally to assess the causes of the traffic gridlock in the area with a view to finding lasting solution.
Despite promises made to the governor by members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, and drivers of articulated vehicles to address the situation, they have not budged.
Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, the Zonal Public Relations Officer of PTD, who met with the governor, actually pleaded for time to change their ways with a pledge to free the roads leading in and out of Apapa.
Speaking at an interactive session with media executives, recently, in his Alausa, Ikeja office, Fashola attributed the problem to the failure of the Federal Government policy on distribution of petroleum products.
Fashola said: “The first
thing to understand was that the responsibility of the state government is traffic management on that axis. But the problem on that road comes from the tankers and containerized trucks which come to the ports to lift fuel and others. I don’t manage the port and I don’t discharge fuel. So it is inaccurate to say that we are not doing enough to solve the challenges faced on that road or that we have lost the battle.
“The problem from the port was that vehicles that used to park inside the port have been driven out by the concessionaires and they have no option than to park on the road in order to gain access into the port.
“The information from within the ports was that there was no enough cargo handling equipment inside the port. So the turnaround time per vehicle is longer and slower. Anyone who puts that burden on us was doing that inappropriately.
“It is a Federal Government responsibility. The Tin-Can Island road that would have helped reduce the traffic belongs to the apex government. If they finish fixing it, it will bring relief. But we need to understand that the relief will only last for a short time. No nation delivers that kind of cargo by road. With the huge load transported on that road, there is no construction done on that road that will last, until we move those cargoes through rail. The rail tracks are available in that axis.
“The Europeans built them, but with coordinated plan, political will and clarity of purpose, we can move all these huge cargoes on rail. If you visit that axis today, you will still find the Agip, NNPC and other fuel wagons in the yard. So, we can do it if there was political will. But unfortunately, the rail the current administration embarked upon was for political demonstration,” explained Fashola.
Giving a breakdown of the number of users of the port, he disclosed that no less than 3, 000 tankers and at least 1, 000 articulated vehicles enter the ports daily, noting that their only mission is to lift fuel, diesel and kerosene, while the trailers visit the port to transport fish, rice, vegetable oil and others and the people are the ones consuming the commodities.
Continuing, the governor said: “That is not a bad thing. If you have 4,000 trucks daily visiting a place, any government that really loves its citizens must ensure that they move those things by rail.
It is bad economics because the Apapa roads had been constructed several times and after few months, the road gave way again.
“The fact that it is moving today is a credit to us because we are managing a very difficult situation. My hearts goes out to the residents and business owners in Apapa.
But when you see that traffic, one is only seeing the symptoms of a profound failure of port and oil management. And these are the responsibility of the central government,” he lamented
However, reacting, the
Zonal Public Relations Officer of PTD, Tayo Aboyeji, told Vanguard that the trailer park would not accommodate petroleum tankers as it was meant only for dry cargoes.
Aboyeji lamented the difficulty and the hostile environment the tanker drivers were operating in, in the absence of a convenient place to park their vehicles despite the essential services they were rendering to the citizens and the nation’s economy.
He however, blamed the situation on the failure of the federal government to properly manage the ports and the granting of licenses to private business concerns to site tank farms indiscriminately along the Apapa environ.
His words: “There are over 15 tank farms around the Coconut area alone all in Apapa. Our members have to drive long distances from different parts of the country to Apapa in Lagos to lift products. This shouldn’t be so. Why can’t we have depots in other places to free Apapa?”
The PTD image-maker stated that the union is currently discussing with a private investor for a land deal in Amuwo-Odofin area where they hope to jointly develop as parking lot for petroleum tankers. This he said would at least reduce the pressure on Apapa axis.
Since November 28, 2014, when the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, issued an advisory forecast for dust outbreaks to affect several parts of the country during the December to February dry season, residents in Lagos State have continued to express mixed feelings over the dry and hazy weather condition that has continued to bite harder on them.Read More →
Just like any other parent, Mr. Babatunde Ogunyemi’s aim has been to have family that would always be together to celebrate every festive period. For Ogunyemi, his joy has been to watch his children grow with high model of moral social values in them.Read More →
Many residents of southern Kaduna are gripped by fear following the pace at which alleged Fulani gunmen are capturing villages on strategic hills in the area.Read More →
Bothered by the recurrent crisis that trails elections in Benue State, and the heightening tension in the state ahead of the February elections, Catholic bishops, last weekend, organized a two- day Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the state.Read More →
Fire outbreaks have in recent years been a recurring problem in Lagos, wreaking much havoc which included the destruction of lives and property. In most cases, both the Federal Fire Service and the Lagos State Fire Service had failed to rise to the occasion in containing such fire incidents.Read More →
FOr over 30 kids from three different orphanages in Lagos, the last yuletide celebration is one to remember and cherish. This is because they had fun and excitement courtesy of the Ikeja City Mall under the auspices of its annual Christmas funfair for orphans.Read More →
Despite the order given by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, charging all commissioners of police across the country to ensure strict compliance with the ban on police roadblocks, Vanguard, gathered Sunday, that some policemen in the Lagos State Police Command were still flouting this order, as in recent times, illegal checkpoints have been resurfacing across major roads in the metropolis.Read More →
For widows in Edo State, penultimate Saturday was a day to remember and cherish. Reason? It was a day they were hosted to a highly rewarding New Year celebration under the auspices of a Widow Empowerment Programme.Read More →
Despite the various security strategies adopted by the Lagos State Government, residents have continued to lament the rising number of robbery cases in the state. In 2007, when Governor Babatunde Fashola came on board, he had initiated the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF, to fund the police and other security officials in the state to enhance policing across the state.Read More →
For proper identification and regulation of vehicles in Nigeria, Courteville Business Solution Plc., patent owners of the AutoReg business solution has announced the third upgrade of her AutoReg Motor Vehicle Administration Documentation MVAD, software to the latest AutoReg Version 3 (V3).Read More →
It was a swell Christmas for one of the victims of the Nyanya bomb blast when Women in Clergy, under the leadership of Prophetess Nonnie Robertson, gave her reason to smile without her only child whom she lost in the bomb blast.Read More →
THE death of a former Acting Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Dr David Oguntuase, in a mysterious fire incident on Christmas day has pitted the police against the family of the deceased and his colleagues in the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).Read More →