By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS -THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, and Ministry of Works, Office of the Federal Controller of Works, yesterday, shunned the stakeholders’ meeting between them and the Lagos State government, meant to find a lasting solution to the traffic gridlock along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
The failure to attend the meeting by these federal government parastatals, which lasted a few minutes, caused the meeting to end in a stalemate. The meeting was, however, rescheduled for next Tuesday.
Fielding question from newsmen at the end of the meeting, which was held at the Conference Room of Ministry of Transportation, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa blamed the deadlock on the absence of the major stakeholders in the sector.
Those who attended the meeting included Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, and National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO.
Opeifa said there was need for all the stakeholders to attend the rescheduled meeting to jointly address the various problems responsible for the traffic bottleneck experienced daily by Lagosians on the axis.