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Apapa gridlock continues, despite government’s pledge to clear illegal parking of tankers, articulated vehicles


Two days after Lagos State Government issued a statement, saying it has commenced process of clearing the Apapa-Mile 2 axis of illegal parking of tankers and articulated vehicles, a check by The Guardian has revealed that the harrowing experience road users face on the road has not abated.

Yesterday, the stretch of vehicles parked on the road, especially on the fast lane, flowed to Coker bus-stop with nobody checking or trying to stop activities of the drivers.

The state government, in a statement by the Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Wednesday, had said in its determination to ensure free flow of traffic and safety on the road, government has commenced the process of clearing Apapa-Mile 2 axis of illegal parking of tankers and articulated vehicles.


He added that the decision is aimed at freeing Apapa – Oshodi Expressway of avoidable traffic gridlocks, as well as making the axis accessible to other road users.

The statement said, “speaking in Lagos after a visit to the area, the General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Olawale Musa said despite series of meetings the Agency had with the stakeholders on the imperative of freeing Apapa of all traffic impediments, vehicles were still parked on the roads.

“According to him, no responsible government would fold its arms and allow lawlessness and impunity to reign.

The General Manager stressed that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration is alive to its responsibilities and will not shy away from attending to the plight of the people.

“According to him, this informed the setting up of a Special Task Force comprising of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Navy, Police, Civil Defence and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) under the Chairmanship of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi to rid Apapa and environ of activities of illegal parking and menace of articulated vehicles.”

“He expressed optimism that with the creation of the Special Task, support and cooperation of other security Agencies and all stakeholders with LASTMA, issues of illegal parking of vehicles and other lawlessness will soon become a thing of the past.


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