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Lawmaker tasks FG on revival of railway, waterways transportation to end Apapa gridlock

The House of Representatives member for Apapa Federal Constituency, Rep. Mufutau Egberongbe, wants the Federal Government (FG) to concentrate on the revival of railways and waterways transportation in Apapa, to end the perennial gridlock.

Egberongbe, who gave the advice in a statement on Friday in Lagos, said that more efforts were needed to sanitise the area of congestion, which he noted had paralysed economic activities in the area.

The lawmaker, however, commended the FG task force for the cleaning of Apapa area of Lagos and for its resilience and determination to end the perennial gridlock experienced by the residents.

According to him, the “notorious traffic situation” in Apapa is orchestrated by the activities of the port located in the area.

“The port was originally designed to do 33 million metric tonnes, but it currently does 80 million. This shows that the infrastructure is now over-stretched, resulting in the terrible traffic congestion experienced on roads around the area daily,” Egberongbe, a former Lagos Assembly lawmaker said.

He commended Vice Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Mr Kayode Opeifa, and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for their constant visits to Apapa with a view to ensuring that the lamentable situation was resolved.

“I want to ask that they should accelerate the issue of the port ongoing in Badagry and that of the Lekki Free Trade zone for the decongestion of the Apapa area. In the long run, the railway and the water transportation facilities in the state should be rejuvenated”.

“The railway had been a medium of carrying large amount of goods from Apapa to other areas of the state and the country before the facility became moribund. The rail lines are still there; they should be revamped,” he said.

He, however, urged the federal government to also take advantage of the navigable waterways in the state.

The lawmaker said that it was important for the authorities to consider cargo tracking at the port as one of the means of reducing gridlock in the area.

Egberongbe, who used a great deal of his tenure in Lagos Assembly to champion decongestion of Apapa, urged the Federal Government to assist the state and Apapa Local Government in providing palliatives.

According to him, funds should be made available to Lagos State and the local governments as a form of revenue to make it easy for them to sustain and protect roads and other infrastructure affected by activities at the port.

He lamented that the challenge had resulted in low value of properties in Apapa.

The lawmaker called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), NIMASA and private organisations operating in the area to activate corporate social responsibility, especially in relation to roads and drainage facilities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents of Apapa have faced the challenge of heavy gridlock for long, which made the Federal Government to constitute a task force to arrest the situation.(NAN)

FG committed to implementing short, long term measures to ensure long lasting solution to Apapa gridlock

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday said the Federal Government was committed to building more ports across the country to decongest the gridlock in and out of the Apapa ports.

Osinbajo made this known in an interview with newsmen after inspecting the Lilypond transit truck park, Creek Road and other network of roads leading to the Apapa port.

The vice president was accompanied to the tour by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, among others.

“We need to understand that this is a port that was designed to take 34 million metric tonnes daily but it is currently taking over 80 million metric tonnes”.

“With this, it is obvious that there is need to find alternative quickly and to expand, where that is possible. The Lekki port is an ongoing project which will be a great help when completed because it will support the Apapa and Tin Can ports”.

“Also, we are dredging the Warri Port which is aimed to decongest the traffic into and out of the Apapa and Tin Can ports,” Osinbajo said.

The Vice President noted that the Federal Government would continue to implement short and long term measures to ensure long lasting solution to the gridlock in the Apapa area of the state and its environs.

“You will see that the entry route to the port has been cleared. So, we need to understand that there are short term and mid to long term solutions. One of the mid-to-long term measures is to decongest the cargo traffic coming into the port,” he said.

Osinbajo noted that government was set to improve infrastructure and call up system for trucks and the ports while working on harnessing opportunities of the intermodal transport system.

“Also, the Lagos-Kano rail is also starting from the Apapa ports. So, we expect that we should be able to get cargo out of the Apapa port using the rail than take cargo out of the port using the hinterlands and some are using badges at the moment”.

“So, I can tell you that there are different approaches toward getting better movement in and out of Apapa”.

“The other thing is the clearing of the trailers and tankers on the road so that there can be easy access to the port and you will see that there is considerable improvement within the axis”.

“The Mile 2 end is the axis where we think that there is difficulty but we think that in the next couple of days, it will be resolved especially with the opening of the Tin Can Island trailer parks and the palliative work that is ongoing all the way to Mile 2″.

Osinbajo expressed satisfaction over the work carried out by the Presidential task force vested with the responsibility of decongesting the truck-laden roads where residents spend all days grounded.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in May, a presidential taskforce was constituted to clear the Apapa road of articulated vehicles which had locked down the road, causing residents and commuters in the axis untold hardship.(NAN)

Apapa gridlock: FG gives presidential task force 2 weeks to complete assignment

The Federal Government has extended by two weeks, the time given the Presidential Task force on the Apapa traffic gridlock to resolve the matter following a request for extension by members of the task force and other stakeholders.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, approved the extension at a meeting of the Presidential task force with stakeholders held at the Presidential Villa, earlier in the week.

The task force which commenced its assignment on May 24 had up to June 7 to complete the assignment, but is now expected to present a formal report at the end of its extended mandate on June 24.

The presidential directive was issued for the clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks. The directive followed an emergency meeting convened by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on the 25th of April, 2019.

While the Vice President chairs the task force, its daily operations are supervised by an Executive Vice Chairman, Comrade Kayode Opeifa. Membership of the team is drawn from the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Shippers Council.

Other members include a special unit of the Nigeria Police Force led by a Commissioner of Police, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), representatives of the Truck Transport Union, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and other relevant MDAs.

According to the Vice President at the meeting held on Tuesday “we will extend the tenure of the task force by two weeks and we must all work together to be able to resolve all the issues raised here today.”

Speaking on steps to be taken to find lasting solutions to the problem, Prof. Osinbajo added that “it will take both medium and long term solutions to ultimately enable us present to the users an efficient port environment for the economy and businesses to thrive.”

He warned that “we will not allow any interests to undermine our nation’s economy”.

The Vice President directed the NPA and other stakeholders to expedite action on the opening of additional truck parks and parking bays around Lagos as well as the commencement of the electronic call-up system at the Port.

In his presentation at the meeting, Opeifa, the Executive Vice Chairman of the task force, summarised the progress made so far by the team.

He said despite challenges experienced in the course of the assignment, it was able to record a significant compliance level of the presidential directive on the clearance of the Apapa gridlock.

According to him, efforts are ongoing to open new parking bays for trucks around the port area and in other parts of Lagos, preparatory to the commencement of the electronic call-up system at the port– one of the measures proposed to ameliorate the hardship at the port area.

LAWMA flags off Lagos at 4a.m to restore environmental sustainability

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), says it has flagged off an intensive waste evacuation operation tagged, “Lagos at 4 am”, to address the menace of improper waste disposal in the metropolis.

Mr Obinna Onyenali, LAWMA Public Relations Officer, said in a statement on Monday in Lagos that the early morning operation was to fast track the clearing of waste from the streets of Lagos and restore environmental sustainability.

“We have embarked on this operation to restore the State to the path of cleanliness and environmental sustainability”.

”This is in futherance of the executive order against indiscriminate waste dumping recently signed by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

”This early morning operation starts by 4am”.

”At this time, we roll out our operational vehicles at strategic locations across the metropolis to sanitise the environment and mitigate waste challenges,” he said.

Onyenali added that the authority would not leave any stone unturned in its quest to clean up black spots across the state.

He said Lagosians should support efforts of the State Government by shunning the habit of dumping refuse indiscriminately, adding that they should patronise PSP Operators in charge of collecting refuse in their area.

Onyenali said also that the authority was committed to tackling the challenge of environmental degradation in Apapa area which had become inaccessible to refuse evacuation trucks.

He said that the task of restoring the environment in Apapa was one of the authority’s priority, so as to make the environment liveable for residents and businesses.

Onyenali attributed the deplorable state of Apapa environment to the take over of the area by articulated vehicles which blocked the roads and made it difficult for LAWMA trucks to operate.

He said, however, that the authority would intensify efforts to clear backlogs of wastes dumped within the Apapa environment as traffic situation in the area improve. (NAN)

17 juveniles detained in 5 Lagos prisons between Jan., March 2019 – Report

A Quarterly Report by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice Criminal Information System (LCIS) has revealed that
9,044 inmates were detained in five prisons in the area between Jan. and March 2019.

The report identified the Ikoyi prison, Kirikiri Medium prison, Kirikiri Maximum prison, Female prison, and Badagry prison, as the five detention centres mentioned.

It said that the five prisons had the capacity to accommodate only 4,087 inmates.

The report revealed that out of the 9,044 inmates in detention across the five prisons, the 54 that were granted bail were unable to meet the bail conditions, while 34 prisoners were able to secure their bail having been able to pay fines ranging from N5, 000 to N10, 000.

According to the report, while the Ikoyi prison has 2,976 inmates instead of 800 based on its actual capacity, the Kirikiri medium prison is harbouring 3,925 inmates instead of 1,700, Kirikiri Maximum prison 1,645 instead of 1,056, and the Female prison 211 instead of 200.

It added that the one in Badagry with a capacity for 320 inmates, is harbouring 298 prisoners.

The quarterly report added that forty inmates had spent between one and nine years in the prison without being taken to court.

It also said that 56 per cent of the inmates did not have legal representation, while 17 were juveniles.

It noted that as at March 2019, no fewer than 17, 941 inmates had been enrolled in the state’s criminal information system data base.

The report further said that while 78 per cent of the inmates were awaiting trial, 15 per cent had been convicted, just as 2 per cent had been condemned, with 5 per cent remanded.

“Top five locations where inmates committed offences in Lagos include: Eti-Osa, Apapa, Alimisho, Ojo, and Ikorodu. Total Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) advice issued are 408″.

“Inmates with DPP advice in prison (information from inmates) 2 per cent, inmates not sure of status of their DPP advice (information from inmates) 98 per cent”.

“Stealing and breach of peace tops the list of most committed offences between Jan. and March, 2019 with 65 per cent”.

“80 per cent inmates are between ages 18 and 40 years. 98 per cent are males,” the report said. (NAN)