The Federal Government will continue to implement short and long term measures to ensure a long-lasting solution to the gridlock on the Apapa and Tin Can Island areas in Lagos State.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo made this known in an interview with newsmen after an inspection tour of the Lilipond transit truck park, Creek road and other network of roads leading to the Apapa port.
The Vice President who expressed satisfaction over the work carried out by the Presidential taskforce vested with the responsibility of decongesting the truck-laden roads where residents spend all days grounded, listed the short term measure to include the improvement of infrastructure in the area, harmonization of the call up system for trucks and possible expansion of facilities within the ports which is already operating beyond its capacity.
Professor Osinbajo pointed out while work is ongoing at othe ports in the country, the Federal Government is also working on harnessing opportunities of inter-modal transportation system, including rails.
Osinbajo said “The most important thing we all need to understand is that congestion is caused by problem of space, there is need to find alternative quickly and to expand, where that is possible, of course the Lekki port is an ongoing project which will be a great help when completed because it will support the Apapa and Tin Can ports. Also, we are dredging the Warri port, also, the Lagos-Kano standard gauge rail is also starting from the Apapa ports. So we expect that we should be able to get cargo out of the Apapa port using the rail than to take cargo out of the port using the hinterlands. And some are using badges at the moment. So I can tell you that there are different approaches towards getting better movement in and out of Apapa”
The Vice President was accompanied by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman and other key officials in the Federal and State Ministry of transportation, Professor Osinbajo during the tour