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Lagos, stakeholders moves to avert ‘Apapa gridlock’ in Lekki-Epe axis

By Gbenga Salau
24 September 2022   |   8:08 pm
In furtherance of the development of industries, and in particular the commencement of operations in Lekki Deep Sea Port, which will impact traffic flow along the Lekki/Epe corridor, the Lagos State government has met with transport stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve and manage traffic in the axis.

An image of Mile 2 end of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway as at Wednesday, September 18, 2019. PHOTO: Dennis Erezi

In furtherance of the development of industries, and in particular the commencement of operations in Lekki Deep Sea Port, which will impact traffic flow along the Lekki/Epe corridor, the Lagos State government has met with transport stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve and manage traffic in the axis.

In a statement, on Saturday, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said that the move was imperative to avert the traffic challenges similar to the one experienced at Apapa Tin Can Port.

Oladeinde noted that a large number of trucks are expected to ply the Lekki-Epe axis when the Lekki Deep Sea Port commences operations, noting that the state government is being proactive to ensure trucks are properly managed through an effective Call Up System hence the need for continuous review through stakeholders’ forum.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, said that the state government’s partnership with Trucks Transit Parks Ltd, an electronic truck call-up solution provider worked effectively in managing the menace of trucks in Apapa and Tin Can ports.

He said that the same experience in solving the Apapa gridlock will be replicated at the Lekki Epe axis when the area starts experiencing an influx of trucks due to Port activities.

Messrs Truck Transit Parks made a presentation to replicate the e-call-up system already in use to manage truck movement at Apapa and Tincan Ports which has yielded success in bringing sanity to the area, for further review.

Stakeholders in attendance agreed to work together in ensuring that the proposed traffic management system works to the benefit of all.