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Apapa gridlock: Task Force removes 2,000 trucks



Apapa gridlock: Task Force removes 2,000 trucks

A Joint Task Force set up by the Lagos State government to remove all containerised trucks and tankers parked on the Oshodi- Apapa Expressway has removed over 2,000 articulated vehicles from Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue and Mile 2-Orile Road. The trucks were taken to seven designated holding bays.

The Joint Task Force, composed of security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime sector, was able to open up the service lane by improving the gridlock on the axis. They were removed with the help of two ‘Goliaths,’ heavy-duty rescue equipment deployed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

This was even as government also resolved to set up a Mobile Court within the axis to summarily deal with recalcitrant drivers of articulated vehicles who might want to draw back the gains recorded. Speaking with journalists after inspecting the progress of the operation in company with heads of security agencies and other stakeholders, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, and his counterpart in the Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said it was gratifying to report that the Task Force was able to free the road from Toyota to Mile 2 in a rigorous operation which lasted for 72 hours between Friday and Sunday. According to Lawanson, for the exercise tagged: “Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads,” government has set up the Task Force involving 2,271 personnel drawn from the Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), LASEMA, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), and Army, Air Force and the Navy. Also on his Facebook wall, Bamigbetan wrote: “If you commute through Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, going to work tomorrow (today) should be easy.

Thanks to His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and the interest shown by the Federal Government, the Task Force to restore sanity, led by the Commissioner of Police, Imohinmi Edgal, has freed the service lane of trucks and tankers. “As I write, I am part of a team inspecting the service lanes. Kindly share your experience to work tomorrow (today).”

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