- The presidential task force set up to address the lingering traffic in the Apapa area of Lagos has concluded its assignment
- A report of the team have since been submitted to ascertain the level of assignment carried out
- A delegation of the federal government is also expected to visit the area this week for an on-the-spot assessment
The work of the Presidential Task Team on the restoration of law and order in Apapa ended last month when the team submitted a report to the presidency and returned responsibility on traffic management back to the Lagos state government.
This information was contained in a report seen by Legit.ng and submitted by the executive vice-chairman of the now rested Presidential Task Team, Comrade Kayode Opeifa.
According to the report, the Lagos state government would now take the task forward while the Nigerian Port Authority would fix its call-up system to effectively manage the movement of trucks in and out of the ports.
Informed govt sources also disclosed that an urgent directive has been given from the presidency to both the federal ministries of transport and works to address the current problems in Apapa where the cost of haulage is said to have risen sharply.
Accordingly, the minister of transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is expected to visit the area before the week runs out as the head of a federal government delegation for on-the-spot assessment and resolution.
In a media interaction on Tuesday, December 15, Mr. Opeifa described what he called a coordinated negative media report on the axis as the handiwork of those benefitting from the hitherto corrupt system in the nation’s busiest port.
Speaking on the allegations of rising transportation bottleneck and cost of haulage on the axis, he said that genuine stakeholders in the axis are impressed by the level of restoration of law and order that has taken place in the Apapa axis as far as transportation is concerned.
Opeifa added that instead of the unwarranted criticisms of the presidential task team, the federal government should be commended for taking a bold step to address the myriads of problems in Apapa that had been neglected for years.
Opeifa said that if the trucks had adhered to the transit park created for them, they would not face some of the transportation problems, noting that the presidential task force does not control the transit park and would not know if some people extort truck drivers at the park.
Explaining reasons for possible transportation challenges in the Tin Can axis in Apapa, Opiefa said that most of the roads in the area are under construction, adding that despite that, no tanker will spend more than a day to load and come out of Apapa.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has signed an agreement for the transportation of imported petroleum products from Niger Republic.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Garba Deen Mohammed, media aide to the minister of petroleum on Thursday, November 19
Legit.ng gathered that the agreement followed bilateral agreements between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Mahamadou Issoufou.
In a related development, the federal government has disclosed that it did not fix the new price of petrol in the country which took effect on Monday, December 14.
The minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige explained that the new price came about from the commercials like demurrage, transhipment and storage.
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