Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state during a visit to Apapa ports. Photo: Omolara Omosanya
Lagos State Government is to deploy about 500 officers of the State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, police and other agencies to reduce the gridlock around Apapa port.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known during an inspection of Lily Pond Container Terminal, Creek Road, Eleganza, Tin Can Island Port.
HiNigeria Shippers’ Council in a statement last week said a Presidential Task Team on traffic management in Apapa had been disbanded and had been replaced with a Ministerial Implementation Committee.
However, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the state was not setting up another task force.
“We cannot be ending one taskforce and setting up another, that is not it, it is mainly for us to set up a seamless operation, escalate some of this things to the IGP, have a conversation with Minister of transport, get NPA to understand what its roles are. We are trying to bring about a cohesive metrics where all the stakeholders in Apapa understand and appreciate the various role that everybody needs to play.”
After listening to complaints, the Governor said the ongoing road rehabilitation in the area was progressing and commended those making use of the parks provided for them instead of blocking the road.
They had complained about delays in the handing over process at the ports which takes about 8-10 hours and also alleged that security operatives have been extorting them.
…You go lay three hundred thousand nairas for you to pass one truck, still yet, they won’t pass you, you go dey there for more than one month; Dem dey collect two hundred, three hundred thousand naira from mile 2 down here, and when you get here, NPA go collect money, police go collect money, Port sef no dey work”.
They appealed to the state government to ensure speedy loading of containers at the Ports as they were been forced to pay demurrage on cargoes even when they are not responsible for the delays.
Reacting to this, Governor Sanwo-Olu demanded evidence of the extortion and reiterated his administration’s commitment to the ease of doing business.