The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lamented that the lack of adequate trailer parks as part of challenges of the Electronic Call-up system, a project of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), was frustrating the State Government efforts in bringing complete sanity to Apapa traffic.
While speaking during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics with Seun Okinbaloye, the governor disclosed that he has fixed the Apapa gridlock which has eased the transportation flow in the area.
According to Sanwo-Olu, residents in Apapa have written appreciation letters to the State Government because, a Journey that used to take them 2 to 3 hours now take them 20 minutes.
He however said that trailers still remain on the Apapa road because of internal sabotage of the NPA’s ETO System.
“We still have trailers on some of these roads, because the Eto system that NPA has set up, which is actually working, but there has been sabotage amongst themselves. Secondly, they don’t have enough trailer parks to take trucks off the roads, we are building one for them in Orile, which we have signed a concession for,” he said.
Speaking on the ease of the gridlock in Apapa, Sanwo-Olu said, “I have fixed Apapa gridlock. And there’s no apology to that.
“I’m on national television. What we have done, even NPA has written letters to commend us. All of the major businesses in Apapa have written letters to commend us. I get daily video recording of what is happening in Apapa.
“But the remainder of the problem is the FG is fixing the road from Mile 2 end going to Apapa. That is the portion, that has not been completed, it’s a stretch less than a kilometer and needs to be completed”
He added that the trailer park would relieve 2000 trucks, and urged that if an effective call-up system is in place, trucks that have not been called up would have no business coming to Apapa.
“In the terminals, when they call trailers to come, they need to have enough space in their facilities. These are the conversations we are trying to have with them.
“There are the little glitches we need to finalise with them, but in terms of blockages to citizens, we have done a good job,” he added.