The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that about 200 personnel have been deployed to Apapa to ease traffic gridlock caused by dilapidated roads and articulated vehicles in the area.
Boboye who disclosed this on Wednesday during an on-the-spot inspection at the ongoing reconstruction of Apapa-Wharf road in Lagos said that government was working tirelessly to put the road in good condition before the end of 2017.
He said the Federal Government awarded the contract but palliative measures were being taken to open the drains and fill up some flooded areas to ease movement.
”This development will ease vehicular movement from the Marine bridge to Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) which is about 13 Kilometers.
“The contractor is working but we need to really ensure the traffic is moving, we have worked it out with the commanding officers here to deploy about 200 personnel to ensure the traffic is moving in Apapa".
Oyeyemi said that the effort was about proper traffic management, adding that privately owned cranes were on standby as well as the FRSC’s trucks in case of any broken down vehicle.
He advised road users to bear with the government as well as appreciate government’s efforts in the major rehabilitation of the road to ease movement from the ports.
The FRSC boss said that the road would be ready before the end of the year and appealed to road users to obey traffic rules and instructions of the personnel on the road.
The General Manager of Western Ports, Apapa, Abiodun Gbadamosi, while addressing the FRSC team in his office, said that NPA was passionate to find lasting solutions to Apapa gridlocks.
Gbadamosi said that about six holding bays would soon be created in Apapa for trucks and articulated vehicles to park, before proceeding to the ports for loading. There is need for synergy among the government agencies to find a lasting solution to gridlock in the Apapa area.
“The construction of Wharf road has started, we on the part of NPA will be making some operational adjustments and along the line, traffic management will be very important. In this regard, FRSC will be needed to ensure free flow of traffic,” he said.