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Trucks, tankers barred from roads in Lagos

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Truckers and Petroleum tankers have been barred from parking indiscriminately on Lagos roads, has the stakeholders, in a fresh resolution declared that all tankers, trailers and trucks should remain in truck terminals outside the state.

The stakeholders, including the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), the terminal operators and Nigeria Police, among others, recently met in Apapa.

The further agreed that truck barriers should be erected at the entrance and exit of identified inner roads within Apapa axis, stressing that all articulated vehicles (tankers, trailers and trucks) would be restricted to truck terminals in Ogun State.

They agreed that the restricted movement of the trucks outside Lagos State “will be closely monitored and enforced by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), law enforcement committee and other stakeholders”.

They lamented that the perennial traffic congestion caused by truckers within Apapa ports and its environs was a major concern as many lives had been lost and businesses paralysed.

They also agreed that the shipping companies “must write and get approvals in advance from the NPA and port managers at Apapa and Tin-can Ports, respectively, for the number of containers expected into the port on a daily basis”.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Lagos State Speaker Mudashiru Obasa on Political and Legislative Matters, Mufutau Egberongbe, has called for the relocation of the tank farms in the Apapa.

According to the former lawmaker who represented Apapa Constituence 1 at the Lagos state House of Assembly, the sites where the tank farms are located were originally residential as planned by the government.

“These tank farms are highly combustible. You can imagine you living face-to-face with death everyday. We do not pray for any disaster in that area because it would be something the country would find it difficult to handle,” Egberongbe said.



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