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Buhari govt issues directives to clear congestion in Apapa port in two weeks

A presidential mandate has been issued for the quick clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the rebuilding of peace to the Apapa Port and its environs inside about fourteen days.

Laolu Akande, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice President), owned this known in an expression made accessible to GISTOK on Wednesday. The order orders the quick expulsion of all trucks from the extensions and streets inside Apapa and all bordering lanes driving into the Apapa hub.

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To encourage this critical task, administrators of trucks and tankers have additionally been coordinated to abandon the Port access streets inside the following 72 hours. This mandate pursues a crisis meeting met by President Muhammadu Buhari and led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on the 25th of April, 2019. The gathering proffered enduring answers for the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic clog has kept on confining all tasks and business in the region.

At the gathering were key heads and delegates of pertinent Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including the Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu; delegate of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo; Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi; and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Dr. Sokonte Davies, among others.

Therefore, a Presidential Taskforce, led by Vice President Osinbajo was built up to reestablish lawfulness to the territory inside about fourteen days. The Taskforce, which will report straightforwardly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference: the advancement of a productive and viable administration plan for the whole port region traffic, including the load, fuel dissemination and business locale traffic; authorizing the changeless evacuation of every single stationary truck on the parkway, and the improvement of a viable manual truck call-up framework, pending the presentation of the electronic truck call-up framework. It likewise incorporates the usage of a useful Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, among others.

Individuals from the task force include Mr. Kayode Opeifa, previous Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a delegate of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

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Different individuals include a single unit of the Nigeria Police Force driven by a Commissioner of Police, agents of the Truck Transport Union, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and other significant MDAs.

The Nigerian Navy and all other military developments have additionally been commanded to pull back from traffic the board obligations in and around the Apapa hub, while fighting and paramilitary checkpoints before the ports and environs are to be disassembled.

What’s more, LASTMA has been approved to move into Apapa as the lead traffic the executive’s organization, while the NPA is to start the quick utilization of the Lilypond Terminal and Trailer Park An as a truck travel leave. The order further commands consistency by all security staff and MDAs, while leaders of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, and all other security agents are to guarantee their officers’ adherence to the new mandates.