Apapa gridlock: Presidential task team saved Nigeria from global shame, says Opeifa

Apapa gridlock: Presidential task team saved Nigeria from global shame, says Opeifa

- Comrade Kayode Opeifa has highlighted the role of the presidential team in restoring sanity on the Apapa route

- The route hosts the roads leading to Nigeria busiest port and has come under scrutiny

- Opeifa, a former Lagos state commissioner for transportation, is part of the team established by the president in May 2019

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The executive vice-chairman of the Presidential Task Team on the Restoration of Law and Order in Apapa Port (PTT-RLO), Comrade Kayode Opeifa has said that the team restored sanity on the roads leading to the nation's busiest port.

Opeifa, who is also the former Lagos state commissioner for transportation, made the comment as the Lagos state government moves to formally take over traffic management in Apapa.

He said the presidency which supervised the entire initiative via the vice president's office had done a great job in ridding the nation of the big shame that the Apapa Port had become, praising the efforts of all the stakeholders for the far-reaching gains and successes recorded by the team.

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In a 44-paged exit report submitted to the presidency and seen by Legit.ng, Opeifa detailed the activities of the PTT-RLO established by President Muhammed Buhari on May 22, 2019.

Opeifa in one of the meetings of the presidential task team. Photo credit: @OpeifaKayode
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He said that in the last 19 months, the team had come up with an efficient and effective traffic management plan for the entire port area traffic (including the cargo, fuel distribution, and business district traffic).

The former commissioner, however, warned that all the gains of the team in the last 19 months might be reversed if the state government and concerned federal agencies managing the port area do not take charge of the traffic management.

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Recall that a presidential directive was issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks in May 2019.

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The directive included the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

This directive followed an emergency meeting convened by President Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The team's terms of reference include the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution, and business district traffic.

Recall that the work of the presidential task team on the restoration of law and order in Apapa ended last month.

It also said 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.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has signed an agreement for the transportation of imported petroleum products from Niger Republic.

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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.

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