PRESIDENCY ORDERS IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF TANKERS ON APAPA ROADS
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate removal of all the trucks, tankers and articulated vehicles causing gridlock at Apapa roads in Lagos within the next 72 hours.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande on Wednesday in Abuja.
It mandated the immediate clean-up of the Apapa gridlock which includes the clearance of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and its environs.
According to the statement, the directive was as a result of an emergency meeting summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on the 25th of April, 2019.
In addition, the Federal Government has authorized staff of the Nigerian Navy to immediately withdraw from traffic management duties in and around the Apapa port and its environs.
In its place, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) is to take over as the lead traffic management agency, while the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to commence immediate use of the Lilypond Terminal and Trailer Park A as a truck transit park.
It further ordered that all military and paramilitary checkpoints in front of the Apapa ports and environs are to be demolished following the new directive.