By Godfrey Bivbere
& Cynthia Alo
The Director General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, Muda Yusuf, has described the traffic situation in the port town of Apapa as a clear indication of a dysfunctional system and incapability of those in power.
Speaking with Vanguard Maritime Report in Lagos, Yusuf described the impact of the Apapa gridlock as exposing the level of mismanagement of the country’s resources and her infrastructures.
He said: The Apapa gridlock and what we are witnessing is a symptom of much deeper shortcomings in the management of government business. If the refineries were working, the trucks will not be converging in Lagos to lift imported petroleum products. If the pipelines were in a good state, the bulk of the products would be transported seamlessly to the various depots in the country.
“If the rail system had not collapsed, most of the products would have been transported by rail at an even cheaper cost. If the government had not entangled itself in the complex web of petroleum subsidy, the supply side issues would have been substantially resolved.
According to him, the cost to the economy is phenomenal. Where energy is needed to power, the economy is in gross shortage of supply noting that the situation is heightened by a collapsing public power supply system.
Many industries and business enterprises have been groaning as a consequence of the energy crisis. Many have cut down on the number of work hours.
He noted that the aviation system is not left out of this menace saying, “Flights are being cancelled on a daily basis because aviation fuel could not be supplied on account of the gridlock on the Apapa Oshodi axis.”
He further said that the convergence of trucks on Lagos ports has created an unprecedented traffic gridlock on the Apapa axis of Lagos where there is now the considerable loss of man-hours. “Generally the toll on the welfare of citizens is profound.” He added.