Gridlock: Taskforce Evacuates 1,984 Trucks In Lagos

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Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works, Housing and Power
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Following the directives of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Lagos State Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi on the gridlock in the state, a total number of 1,984 trucks and containerised vehicles have been evacuated off the roads.
The Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi made the disclosure at a press briefing at command’s headquarter.
He said the vehicles were parked at different designated holding bays based on availability of space.
While giving the breakdown, he disclosed that 534 were parked at Lilly Pond Terminal, Ijora-Badia, 300 at a vacate space opposite Coker Bus stop owned by Mitchell Bonded Terminal,233 at Sapid along Apapa/Oshodi Expressway
and five at MRS Loading Bay, at Toyota inward Aswani.
Others include 143 at Capital  Oil,  at 2nd Rainbow, 59 at a vacant parking lot opposite 2nd Gate Tin Can Island, 700 at Sapol by Ijeshatedo, 15 at Migfo Nigeria Limited by Ijeshatedo bus stop, bringing the total to 1984.
Edgal however noted that lack of equipment, particularly, Goliaths and Heavy Towing Vans to lift the containers at the bays and tow some of the grounded vehicles away from the roads has slowed down the pace of the operation.
He identified other noticeable constraints to include non cooperative attitude of some of the drivers, who thought Government may use the opportunity to impound their vehicles, despite assurances from their Union leaders and other stakeholders, Lack of cooperation by facility owners/operators who complained of late notification.
The police boss therefore urged all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring that Lagos roads are free of encumberances.
Edgal stressed that, ” This is the time for stakeholders and owners of holding bays to show that they understand the full import of the first stanza of the National Anthem that says in part, “arise o’ compatriots, Nigeria call obey …” indeed this is time to show patriotism”.
His words,  ” Prior to the commencement of the operation restore sanity on Lagos roads, the entire state was at the verge of complete shutdown owing to the activities of petroleum tankers and haulage trucks along the Funsho Williams Avenue, Oshodi/Apapa Expressway and other major roads in Lagos.
Their activities have continued to cause a perennial gridlock on the affected roads and constitute embarrassment to the State and Federal government thus the Lagos State Police Command on Friday 20/07/2018 embarked on multi agency operation tagged “Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads” to ameliorate a seemingly intractable problem.
To deal with the hydra headed traffic problem which you must agree with me was beginning to shut down all road networks in Lagos and had slowed down economic activities in some parts of the state, the Command in conjunction with other security agencies embarked on series of consultations with the stakeholders in order to find lasting solutions to the problem and its attendant consequences on the law abiding citizens plying the routes.
Our scorecard so far in this onerous assignment flagged off by the vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Friday 20th July,2018 are as shown below :
DESIGNATED HOLDING BAYS
NO. OF TANKERS/ CONTAINERS MOVED
1
LILLY POND, IJORA-BADIA
534
2
VACANT SPACE OPPOSITE COKER B/STOP OWN BY MITCHEL BONDED TERMINAL
300
3
SAPID ALONG APAPA/OSHODI EXPRESSWAY
233
4
MRS LOADING BAY,AT TOYOTA(WHEN COMING FROM AIRPORT ROAD INWARDS ASWANI).
5
CAPITAL OIL AT 2ND RAINBOW
143
6
VACANT PARKING LOT OPPOSITE 2ND GATE, TIN-CAN ISLAND
59
7
SAPOL BY IJESHA
700
8
MIGFO NIGIRIA LIMITED BY IJESHA B/STOP
15
            TOTAL
1,984
However, it is pertinent to note that, lack of equipment, particularly, Goliaths and Heavy Towing Vans to lift the containers at the bays and tow some of the grounded vehicles away from the roads has slowed down the pace of the operation. Other noticeable constraints are:-
Non cooperative attitude of some of the drivers, who thought Government may use the opportunity to impound their vehicles, despite assurances from their Union leaders and other stakeholders;
Lack of cooperation by facility owners/operators who complained of late notification.
Nonetheless, it is gratifying to note that the Lagos State Government has signified intention to engage the facility owners/operators to enable them reach a common ground to resolve the matter.
In the same vein, the Command in conjunction with the Union leaders will continue to engage the drivers to key into the operation in the interest of the public.
This is the time for stakeholders and owners of holding bays to show that they understand the full import of the first stanza of the National Anthem that says in part, “arise o’ compatriots, Nigeria call obey …” indeed this is time to show patriotism.
Let everybody join hands to ensure that our roads are free of encumbrances once again”.

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