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FRSC rallies support to end Apapa gridlock

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Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Olusegun Ogungbemide, has rallied stakeholders’ support to end Apapa gridlock. The commander attributes the perennial traffic to “economic boom” and investment in the procurement of trucks without thoughts for holding bays.

Ogungbemide made the call while fielding questions from journalists at the command in Lagos. He said if all transport stakeholders collaborated with government officials, the gridlock would be a thing of the past.

He said enforcement could only take care of15 per cent of traffic challenges, adding that collaboration with stakeholders would go a long way in solving challenges in the state.

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He attributed the fatality rate of accidents to speeding, disobedience of traffic rules and regulations as well as road signs noting that some officers of the corps have in the past been deliberately killed by erring motorists in their bid to escape arrest.

Ogungbemide noted that the country has enough traffic laws but the onus to obey the laws is on motorists and road users. While commending the Lagos State Government for the efforts made so far since the management of Apapa traffic was handed over to the state, he said the port was originally designed for dry cargo. He explained further that evacuation of freight from Apapa port became cumbersome when the country started importing crude and the number of tankers queuing to enter the port also doubled.

Ogungbemide commended efforts of the present government for linking Apapa port with standard gauge railway line, adding that the best way to curb Apapa gridlock is the use of intermodal transport.

He stated that 94 per cent of freight in the country is currently conveyed by road instead of railways.

The FRSC Commander urged the people to desist from lawlessness, as he said the arson of BRT vehicles during the EndSARS protest was having adverse effects on transportation due to shortage of buses and emergence of rickety vehicles. He said when the standard gauge rail being constructed by the federal government to Apapa port gets completed, it will reduce traffic snarl.

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