Lagos Gridlock: FG To Tackle Menace Through Digital, ICT Base Approach – Fashola

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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
The Federal Government has said it would develop a digital and ICT based system to tackle the menace of gridlock occasioned by indiscriminate parking of trucks and containerised vehicles in Lagos.
The Minster of Power. Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who made the disclosure in a statement said the initiative would be a long term approach, while a manual method would be introduced as a short term approach.
Fashola also announced the shift in date of the three day closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for investigative Maintenance Test earlier slated to begin on July 27, 2017 now to August 24th 2018.
According to the minister, the shutdown, earlier scheduled to last from July 27 to July 30, will now last from August 24 to August 26, 2018.
In the statement by his Special Adviser Communication,  Hakeem Bello, the minister said the shift in the date was arrived at after due consultations with the Lagos State Government and wide deliberations with other relevant stakeholders.
 
He added that the date shift was done “in order to give succour and relief to the people of Lagos State and other inter-state road users and support the efforts of the State Government.”
On the efforts to decongest the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Fashola said, in the short term, he has directed the immediate deployment of trucks to the trailer park being constructed by the Ministry with the capacity to accommodate about 300 trucks while construction works for the shoreline protection continues.
Also, the on-going palliative work on the sections of the Apapa-Oshodi Road , the on-going construction of the road leading to the Apapa Port from
The statement reads, ” The three day closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for Investigative Maintenance Test earlier slated to begin on July 27, 2018, has been shifted to August 24 the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has announced. The Shutdown, earlier scheduled to last from July 27 to July 30 will now last from August 24 to August 26, 2018.
The shift in the date was arrived at after due consultations with the Lagos State Government and wide deliberations with other relevant stakeholders adding that the date shift was done “in order to give succour and relief to the people of Lagos State and other inter-state road users and support the efforts of the State Government.”
On the efforts to decongest the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Fashola said, in the short term, he has directed the immediate deployment of trucks to the trailer park being constructed by the Ministry with the capacity to accommodate about 300 trucks while construction works for the shoreline protection continues.
Also, the on-going palliative work on the sections of the Apapa-Oshodi Road , the on-going construction of the road leading to the Apapa Port from Ijora will soon be completed  while the main exit route through Tincan – Oshodi – Oworonshoki is under procurement for award. When completed, the project will enable free flow of traffic in the axis.
Also following the visit of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to Lagos in connection with the Apapa Port Gridlock, the Federal Government has said, as a short term measure, a call up system in the control of truck movement would be introduced adding that it would be initially manual while the long term digital and ICT based system would be developed and deployed”.
 Fashola also said that the Association of Truck Owners has agreed to manage the manual system with their members who are truck operators.

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