Worried by the recent traffic bottleneck in Apapa, which spilled to other parts of the state and affected commercial and social activities, the government said the latest decision was geared towards addressing the situation.
Making the announcement in Ikeja, the capital, during a joint press briefing with members of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners, the state government revealed that the incessant traffic situation along the Apapa axis caused by the indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles and tankers waiting to load petroleum products, was affecting commercial activities in the city.
Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, said that investigations revealed that the traffic lockdown in the Apapa axis in recent days was a direct result of the challenges being faced by operators of the seaport, which made it impossible for articulated vehicles and trailers from outside the state to load goods.
According to him, the gridlock was worsened by the current rehabilitation of some major and minor roads in Apapa, forcing trucks to park in places as far as Ojuelegba and Surulere.
Also speaking during the briefing, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said that the state government issued the new directive so as to address the problem comprehensively.
He said, “It is the breakdown of operations at the port that is causing this problem which is a reccurring one and has caused spillover effects.
“People who have trucks in other states and know that there is a logjam in Lagos should not send trucks in. It is in a bid to clear the mess we did not cause that we are saying that trucks should stay away from Lagos in the interim.”