Truck drivers have defied President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that they vacate access roads to the ports in Apapa and its environs, in 72 hours, in order to tackle gridlock around the country’s ports.
The presidential order was conveyed by vice president, Yemi Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, in a statement, on Tuesday, May 21.
Vanguard reports that trucks were still on Mile 2-Oshodi expressway, blocking the road leading to TinCan port, while few trucks were still seen at Eko, Ijora and Apapa bridges, as well as other roads that lead to the port.
Some truck drivers, who were stuck in the gridlock, said they were driving to a park that had been earmarked for them.
One of the transport unions worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assured that before the end of today, Monday, May 27, the situation on the Apapa Oshodi Expressway would have eased off. He said there was already over 80 percent compliance on Ikorodu Road and other adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, a female officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, was crushed to death while enforcing the Presidential Order. The female officer identified as 33-year-old Folashade Arogundade, was said to have been crushed to death while a truck with Borno state number plate: XB 220 MAG, was reversing.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor-elect of Lagos state, said he will end the Apapa heavy traffic within his first 60 days in office.
The governor-elect said this during the interactive session he had with his classmate at the executive master administration class of University of Lagos held in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu was asked what he would do differently after assuming office and he commented on the gridlock caused by tankers, trailers, and heavy duty vehicles in Apapa.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng. We have upgraded to serve you better
Election not a do or die affair - Sanwoolu | Legit TV: