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‘Decongestion of Apapa ports will reduce gridlock’

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The executive order on the Apapa Road may not be enough to address the traffic problem in that axis without the appropriate measures being put in place.

This was the view of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was on national television station on Wednesday.

He said: “The current capacity of the two ports has been well-outstripped. The current capacity is way beyond what they are currently doing.

“The long-term solution is to decongest the port and have other ports in Lagos being built. So, we’ve started construction of the Lekki Deep Port, it’s to also quickly finalise conversation on the Badagry Port.”

He explained that the state government had been making efforts to provide infrastructure for the trailers on the road, giving assurance that it would go a long way in taking the challenge.

“First, we are also trying to see how to provide infrastructure for these trailers because if you don’t provide alternatives, they will keep coming back,” the governor stated.

He added: “We have identified a trailer park that is going to take 6,000 (trucks), investments have been put together and the construction will start in earnest.”

Sanwo-Olu noted that the Federal Government had set up an enforcement team to manage the situation.

In a bid to ensure that the action was consistent, he said the state government constituted another team to fully complement the Federal Government’s effort.


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