The Federal Government maintains that it will find all possible solutions to end the gridlock at Apapa area of Lagos State according to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media & Publicity said in statement after Osinbajo held a Government/Private sector meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on how to speedily and comprehensively resolve the issue.
The Vice President further directed that the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) implement clear objectives to tackle the Apapa traffic gridlock. “We should look at all the components and find a quick solution, “said Osinbajo .
In his remarks, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, noted that Nigeria ports had capacity for 34 million metric tonnes of cargoes per annum, but which had been exceeded, as it was now processing about 80 million metric tonnes per annum. He also identified poor traffic management as a major cause of the persistent gridlock along Apapa access roads.
In the same vein, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, said the NPA will constitute a strong task force to address the issue.
Both Fashola and Usman assured the Vice President that the issues will be tackled in a holistic way, not only to fix the problem, but also to support the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business reforms.
Private sector stakeholders, including the President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, and the Chairman, BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, were present at the meeting and they all made commitments.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the Dangote Group will carry out palliative works and reconstruction of some major sections of the Apapa road, which is expected to be completed by June/July 2018.
In the same vein, Honeywell Group will construct a trailer park, while BUA Group will carry out construction works on the Tin Can road.