By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS— As part of effort to complement the state government measures, Apapa Local Government has constituted an enforcement team, comprising stakeholders, to find immediate solution to the traffic congestion within Apapa and its environs.
Chairman, Apapa Local Government Area, Mr. Owolabi Adele, who convened the stakeholders’ forum, said the measure became necessary in order to find a lasting solution to Apapa gridlock, which had posed serious threat to motorists and residents.
As part of communiqué reached at the end of the stakeholders’ forum, Adele, said: “The major stakeholders agreed that truck barriers should be erected at the entrance and exit of identified inner roads within Apapa axis.
“It was also agreed that for ease of doing business, the Nigeria Custom Service must be operational on a 24-hour basis within the port premises regardless of public holidays.
“Government agencies were advised to involve stakeholders through Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, for collaboration to commence immediate palliative repairs of the access roads, especially that of Coconut and Tin-can port roads
“Restriction of movement of the trucks outside Lagos State will be closely monitored and enforced by the Federal Road Safety Commission, Law Enforcement Committee and other security agencies.
“It was also agreed that henceforth, only consolidated shipping companies would be allowed to bring empty containers from the holding bays into the port while the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Shippers’ Council and NIMASA being the regulatory bodies are to enforce the use of holding bays as a pre-requisite for shipping companies,
“It was agreed that all shipping companies are to comply with the resolution within seven days, as defaulters will be sanctioned.”