Mr. Kayode Opeifa, the Executive Vice Chairman, Presidential Task Team on Apapa Restoration of Law and Order, has said his team delivered its mandate to successfully sanitize the Apapa axis of Lagos by guaranteeing simpler access in and out of the area.
Kayode said this during a visit to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday as he monitored the traffic situation in Apapa.
According to Opeifa, the tankers that used to hinder economic activities are now a thing of the past.
He, however, that during Christmas, they are to be expected since roads become congested and activities increase.
His words, “The fact of the matter is that tankers are no longer on the road. The trucks are no longer on the road. What you see on the road, the day you don’t see them again, Nigeria is in recession.
”We need to understand what the road is meant for. The road is not meant for Keke Marwa and Okada. Apapa road is meant for all kinds of vehicles and mainly trucks – articulated vehicles.
“The tankers came back visibly when the Ijegun Jetty was shut down by Lagos State Government and the DPR around the middle of October. They were all diverted back to Apapa to load. That was for a national emergency.”
“From May 22 till date, I can tell you the tankers are off the roads, but when we have Christmas, what do you expect? Roads are congested, activities increase, fuel distribution increases and containers coming to the port increase.
“The port is now congested to the tune of over 125 per cent because we have closed down the borders.
“So, all the ships meant for Nigeria that were going to Benin have been diverted back to our port. Terminals must be more efficient.”
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