By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has given 72 hours ultimatum to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi to clear the traffic congestion in the state.
The Vice President gave the directive weekend during a viist to Lagos with a view to end the lingering gridlock crisis in the state.
Accompanied on the inspection tour by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the Vice President was led the Police Commissioner in a chopper to conduct them round Apapa/Oshodi Expressway for the assessment of the menace of the drivers along the axis.
At the end of the visit, the Vice President directed the Commissioner of Police to clear the gridlock within 72 hours.
A statement by the command’s public relations officer CSP Chike Oti stated that the Commissioner of Police used the occasion, to brief His Excellency on the efforts being made by the Command and other Stakeholders to resolve the problem.
“Owing to the concern of the Federal Government to end the lingering crisis, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN), accompanied by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi visited Lagos State on 20/07/2018.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, led other service commanders to conduct His Excellency round the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway by Chopper for the assessment of the menace of the drivers along the axis.
” At the end of the visit, the Vice President directed the Commissioner of Police to clear the gridlock within 72 hours.
According to release the CP explained to the Vice President efforts made so far, saying personnel for the operations were mustered at the State Headquarters, Ikeja on Saturday where they were addressed by the Commissioner of Police.
This was followed by their deployment to the locations for the evacuation of the over 20,000 petroleum tankers and flat belt trucks causing gridlock from the service lanes and expressway to the six (6) holding bays at Ijora, Isolo, Amuwo Odofin, Orile and Apapa.
“One Goliath each was deployed to Lilly Pond in Ijora and Capital Oil bay at Amuwo Odofin respectively for the lifting of containers arrangement of same. The Commissioner of Police and other officers were on ground monitoring the operations which have recorded an appreciable level of success,” he said.
“However, it is pertinent to inform the public that lack of equipment, particularly, Goliaths and Heavy Towing Van to lift the containers at the bays and tow some of the grounded vehicles away from the road has slowed down the operation.
Other noticeable constraints are non-cooperative attitude of some of the drivers, who thought government might use the opportunity to impound their vehicles, despite assurance 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 cynical drivers to key into the operation in the interest of the public.
Meanwhile, the exercise has been extended by 48 hours.” Edgal said.