Apapa Oshodi Gridlock

By Godwin Oritse

THE leadership of the Truck Transit Park, TTP, has said that the failed portion of the Apapa Wharf road coupled with the slow pace of re-construction works on the portion were reasons for recent  traffic gridlock being experienced around the Ijora-Apapa axis.

Speaking to Vanguard at the Oil and Gas Maritime Shipping award held in Lagos weekend, Managing Director of TTP, Mr. Jamal Onwubuariri, who took this position also said that because of the situation, trucks have had to be channeled through one-way traffic adding that the moment the re-construction was completed, the number of trucks going into the ports will increase.

He said: “We have two major issues at the moment; one is that there is a failed portion of the road by Naval Dockyard which makes it dangerous for trucks to pass, so trucks need to wait sometimes for some palliatives to be done on the road for them to pass. So that is affecting the free flow of traffic.

“The whole of Wharf road is also being re-constructed, and the work is going on at a slow pace, it is difficult to move the same numbers of trucks we were moving a few weeks ago through that part of the road.

“Because of these, we now have to channel some trucks coming out of the ports through one-way. The side that was supposed to be inbound into the port is now being used for both inbound and outbound.

“So these factors combined makes it difficult for us to move trucks at the same pace as we were moving them a few weeks ago. We are hoping that the road reconstruction will be completed very soon and the palliative being done on the Naval Dockyard be completed quickly so that we can resume the normal movement of trucks.”

Meanwhile, a trucker, Mr. Bello Abass, said the development is gradually killing truck business and vessel berthing in Apapa.

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