By Temitope Salami
Ijebu-Ode (Ogun) – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said on Tuesday that it had constituted a task force to resolve the incessant gridlock in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
The Ogun FRSC Public Education Officer (PEO), Florence Okpe, disclosed this in a statement she issued on Tuesday in Ijebu-Ode.
She said the task force was set up to support the Lagos State Government’s effort in containing the Apapa traffic situation.
“In continuation of efforts to ameliorate the Apapa gridlock, the FRSC Ogun State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Clement Oladele, met with expanded stakeholders at Ogere.
“In attendance were representatives of security operatives, the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba community leaders and the Dangote Group.
“Others were the Petroleum and Tanker Drivers’ Union of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Independent Marketers and Road Transport Associations.
“The task force is constituted to meet weekly till a permanent solution is reached concerning the Apapa gridlocks,” the PEO said.
She said further that the FRSC had asked private park owners at Ogere in Ogun to avail their facilities to accommodate tankers and trucks going into Lagos to ease the congestion.
“Meanwhile, the enlarged stakeholders, comprising representatives of the Lagos and Ogun State Governments’ would meet quarterly on forging cordial relationship,” the PEO also said.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that stakeholders comprising traffic authorities, transport unions and port users on Friday gave the trucks and tankers parking indiscriminately 48 hours to vacate Lagos roads.
Similarly, the Lagos State Government also on Friday directed articulated vehicles to keep away from Lagos roads until the resolution of the traffic logjam. (NAN)