President Muhammadu Buhari has directed immediate clearing of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to the nation’s port axis and its environs within 2 weeks.
The presidency stated this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The presidential directive also mandated the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.
The government said it has also set up a Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to restore law and order to the area within 2 weeks.
“The Taskforce, which will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system.
“It also includes the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others,” the statement concluded.