Gridlock; Lagos Govt Acquires Another Land For Trailer Park

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Massive traffic gridlock along Oba Akran road, Ikeja caused by the visit of France President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron to Afrika Shrine, at Ikeja, Lagos. Photo : AKINOLA ARIYO
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Lagos State Government has acquired a large expanse of land at Ojo area of the state  for construction of a trailer park to tackle gridlock in Apapa and other areas caused by indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles.
This brings to two such large expanse of land acquired by the State Government for construction of trailer park, the first being the one at Orile Iganmu that is under going construction.
Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, said in Lagos that the construction would ease traffic significantly.
Lawanson said government would soon begin construction of the trailer park to complement other efforts being put in place to ensure that trucks would be off the roads.
According to Lawanson, gridlock in Apapa had defied solutions for a long period because of lack of holding bays, saying road and port infrastructure in the state were over-stretched because they had not been developed in commensurate with the growth of Lagos State population.
He said the Apapa ports took care of about two-thirds of daily cargoes in and out of Nigeria, saying construction of the truck park would be one of the ways of tackling the problem of overstretched infrastructure.
Lawanson hailed the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, for efforts in tackling congestion in Apapa.
He said government would continue to partner with Federal Government agencies and other stakeholders to ease congestion in Apapa and other roads in Lagos.

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