By Ebun Sessou
lagos—THE Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday called on the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to relocate the tank farms in Apapa to a less congested area, saying that they are causing traffic logjam and endangering the lives of the residents.
A member representing Apapa constituency 1, Mrs. Mojisola Miranda, who raised the issue under matter of urgent public importance during plenary, said that the activities of the tanker drivers in Apapa are not only affecting traffic in the area, but that they have has extended to other parts of the state. She added that the traffic jam is making life difficult for workers and school children in the area.
She urged the Assembly to invite the state’s acting Commissioner for Transport and the Managing Director of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, to brief the house on how they would handle the matter.
This was supported by the lawmaker representing Apapa Constituency 2, Mr. Olumuyiwa Jimoh.
Jimoh, who said that he had been having sleepless nights on the matter, stressed that the residents of the area have been coming to him on the issue and that it should be resolved once and for all.
Also commenting, Mr. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constituency 1 wondered why the Federal Government in spite of the revenue it generates from the ports was not doing the necessary things about the roads.
Tobun added that the government could get a location close to Tin Can Island Port to park the trailers and that Lagos State should be allowed to control the ports.
In his response, Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, emphasized that the House should not wait until the necessary officials were invited to brief them, but that urgent action should be taken to curtail the situation.
“It is better we caution the trailer drivers to stop parking on the roads and bridges in the area. We will definitely call on the officials of LASTMA and Lagos State Safety Commission on the matter.
“We also have to call on the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to provide alternative roads to motorists, while the roads in Tin Can Island are being repaired,” he said.
Obasa stated that the tank farms should be relocated from the area because, according to him, they were located in the area before the place became a densely populated area.
The House adjourned sitting to next week Monday.