Illegally parked vehicles along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway to be moved away

The Presidency has declared that all trucks and other vehicles illegally parked along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos be moved away from Friday.

A team from the Presidency, led by the Special Adviser to the President on Performance and Evaluation and Chairman of the Ports Reform Committee, Professor Sylvester Monye, on Thursday, stressed federal government’s commitment to clean up the road.
This is coming barely a week after the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, issued a quit notice to the tanker drivers.

Monye said that the cleanup of the Apapa Wharf area will be similar to what the State Government did at Oshodi, where it brought some order to the once rowdy place.

He also said that notices have already been given to truckers, who were also made to sign undertakings to vacate the area.

“So, it is going to be a total operation because from tomorrow, we will deploy security to all the truck users. We have a substantial number of Policemen and women who would lead the operation,” he said.

“The operation is being supervised by the Inspector General himself, so it is going to be a major operation, and we are delighted that the Lagos State Government is totally with us on this assignment.”

Early this year, the state government started removing tankers that were indiscriminately parked on the busy road. However, the support of President Goodluck Jonathan means that the federal road may experience a final clean-up.

The recent indiscriminate parking of trucks along the road and around Apapa Wharf axis, has contributed to the traffic congestion experienced on the route.

Monye explained that the team was in Lagos to apprise the governor on the work and plans of the Ports Reforms Committee for the state.

He added that the Committee had the President’s mandate to clear the mess in and around the Ports, including the access roads.

“He (Jonathan) has also directed that we should clear all the impediments to international trade at the Ports, which you know is a part of our trade environment,” he said.

In his reaction, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, confirmed the existing collaboration between the state government and the presidency on the issue.

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