Finding a lasting solution to the persisting Apapa gridlock requires compliance to the rules of engagement. This is the position of port users, operators and government representatives at a forum convened by the maritime guild of editors in Lagos.
TVC News Correspondent, Ifunanya Eze reports that Nigeria’s border closure has necessitated the rerouting of cargoes through the nation’s ports, especially the Lagos seaports.
The fall out of this development, is that trading activities at the Lagos port is on the increase. This indicates that more trucks would want to gain access to the ports.
The situation has again aggravated the traffic situation along the port corridor.
Concerns about the seemingly intractable congestion is why port users and operators at this forum are discussing to find a lasting solution.
The Vice chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Apapa Gridlock, Kayode Opeifa said that indiscipline and total disregard for guidelines, among other considerations are responsible for the lingering problem.
From all indications, the burden is on government to take up the political will to enforce compliance by maintaining a firm stand regarding some hard decisions that must be taken to sanitize the Lagos port environment.