By Emmanuel Ajibulu
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream, led by its Chairman, Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, have visited the Federal Ministry of Works to get update on how the ministry will find permanent solution to the perennial gridlock at the Apapa axis of Lagos State.

Traffic Gridlock at Mile 2 Bus Stop Along Oshodi Apapa Expressway Lagos.Photo By Akeem Salau.

The visit was informed by House of Representatives resolution which mandated the Committee to liaise with the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to put pressure on the contractor handling the truck park at Tin Can Island to ensure timely completion of the site.

The parliamentarians were warmly received by the Ministry of Works and Housing Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Bukar. Dr. Bukar, who represented the Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

Others in attendance in the Ministry’s team during the meeting were Engr. S.S. Jijingi – Director Highways Bridges and Design; Engr. O. O. Oguntominiyi – Director Highways Construction and Rehabilitation; Engr. A. O. Sogbesan – Director Highways South East Zone; Engr. C. O. Okonmah – Director Highways South South Zone; Engr. E. A. Adeoye – Director Highways South West and Engr. T. M. Ibi – Deputy Director Highways Planning and Development.

Akinlaja, while speaking on the essence of the meeting, noted that unavailability of parking space in and around Apapa, where majority of private tank farms and sea ports were located, had resulted to gridlock on Lagos roads particularly on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway.

According to him, for quicker solution, the Ministry could  look inwards by expanding and rehabilitating Orile-Iganmu Truck Park or engage a concessionaire through Public Private Partnership so as to offer timely respite to tanker/truck drivers plus other road users to halt further socio-economic loss in the state.

On the progress made so far by the Works Ministry, Ibi Terna  said a trailer park at Liverpool corridor in Apapa was already in advanced stage, with the capacity for a thousand trucks.

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