Respite is on the way for users of the roads leading to the ports in Lagos as the Lagos State Government yesterday gave a 48 hours ultimatum to truck drivers who have taken over bridges leading to the Lagos ports to remove their vehicles or face sanction.
The ultimatum was handed to the drivers by the State Government and Nigeria Army during a stakeholders meeting held at the Naval Base, Apapa, Lagos.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the military, Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), LASG, Nigerian Union Petroleum Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Nigerian Police, Dangote Group and Apapa Residents Association, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and Apapa Government Reserved Area.
The stakeholders during the meeting one after the other lamented about the terrible traffic situation caused by the truck drivers. The stakeholders said the truck drivers should leave the bridge for the sake of national interest.
The convener of the meeting, the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Adm. Sylvanus Abbah, said terrorists could take advantage of the traffic congestion caused by the trucks to cause mayhem.
Abbah explained that the idea for the truck drivers to leave was to prevent such incidents, adding that those who still remain after 48 hours will have themselves to blame.
Abbah said “After 48 hours, no truck will park on the bridge because of national interest and I hope you will all take the decision of this meeting.” .
He said that some of the trucks have been parked for weeks without being moved.
He announced a committee of stakeholders, including members of NUPENG to address the issue of traffic in Apapa.
NUPENG representative, Adekunle Adelaja, who reacted to the order said the Union was not in support of tankers parking on bridges.