By Dapo Akinrefon
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the commencement of a 72-hour joint operation to restore order in Apapa and its environs after truck drivers had caused traffic gridlock and made vehicular movement impossible in Lagos.
Osinbajo, who made an unscheduled stop at Apapa Port yesterday for an on-the-spot assessment of the traffic gridlock, directed authorities concerned to restore sanity on Apapa/Oshodi Expressway.
He further urged Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) to speed up the decongestion of Apapa Port.
According to the Vice President’s directive, the operation would be carried out by the Police, Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Army, the Nigeria Air Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps ,NSCDC, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency ,LASTMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency ,LASEMA, Container truck drivers, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NURTW, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas ,NUPENG, and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria .
Osinbajo landed first at the Tin Can Island park, flown in by a Nigerian Navy chopper, and accompanied by the Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi and senior Naval and Police officers.
He walked close to the traffic to see the situation of things and then proceeded to the Five Star Berth at the Nigeria Port Authority ,NPA, where he met with relevant officials and security officers.
The plan is to, within 72 hours, take all the necessary and appropriate steps to restore order to the traffic situation and speed up work on the port decongestion.
Similar orders were made in the past. They all failed to clear the mess of the tanker drivers.