Lagos deploy special squad to tackle Apapa

Lagos State Government is set to deploy a special traffic management squad to tackle gridlock around Apapa, the hosts of the nation’s prime seaports.

Checkout Magazine learnt It is to takeover traffic management in the areas from the Presidential Task Force by deploying between 400 and 500 officials of its traffic management authority popularly known as LASTMA..

Also to be a part of the new team will be personal of Area B Police Command in Apapa.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during a fact-finding visit yesterday to the Apapa Ports to ascertain the reason for the incessant congestion in the port area, in spite of providing a park for the articulated trucks.

He explained that he would meet with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over the issues hampering traffic management in the area.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Now, there is a process that is starting in which the state government needs to take over that task force. One of the reasons for this trip is to start that process; to see things for myself.

“The state government is to set up a seamless operation to have a team of LASTMA about 400 to 500 dedicated to Apapa gridlock; have a team of policemen from Area B dedicated to the same gridlock..

He added, “As a government, we don’t own the ports, but we have a responsibility to our citizens. There is a need for a turnaround in Apapa.

“It is part of ensuring that we reduce the ease of doing process if businesses are expensive to run they will pass the cost to the customers.

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