Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor, has urged the Federal Government to fast-track work on the Apapa Container Terminal Bridge, which is expected to go a long way to ease traffic in the axis after it is completed.
Ambode on Tuesday made the call on the Federal Government when he carried out on-the-spot assessment of traffic situation as well as the condition of road networks in Apapa and other major axis of the State.
“We are pleading with the Federal Government to make sure that Julius Berger returns to site and alleviate the challenges that motorists are facing. But so far so good, we have seen some parts of Apapa that is now motorable. We believe strongly that once the Bridge is completed, the Container Terminal will be put to use. The Container Terminal can take like 1000 containers vehicles and that in itself will improve on the traffic gridlock in Lagos,” he said.
The Governor, who visited major axis in Apapa such as Creek Road, Liverpool Road, BUA Corridor, expressed dissatisfaction with the state of affairs where containerized trucks have completely taken over the roads.
At the Creek Road housing Thisday Newspapers, the Governor made a stop-over at the Liverpool under bridge where he inspected the on-going construction of bridge which is designed to accommodate about 1,000 containerized trucks at once upon completion.
Governor Ambode also inspected the on-going construction works in Isolo Road and Adeoyo Street in Ladipo, where he was briefed by the contractor on site about the level of work done so far.
The Governor, along with his team, also made a stop-over at the Vanguard Avenue in Apapa.
He also took time to inspect the situation of things at the popular Ladipo Auto Spare Parts market, as well as the Ladipo Carnal, beside Guardian Newspapers, where he expressed displeasure with the illegal activities being perpetrated by traders, and warned that the situation was no longer tenable to the Government.
The Governor thereafter inspected facilities at the headquarters of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in Oshodi.
He also called on motorists to comply with the traffic law, saying that the state does not take joy in generating revenue from traffic offenders, but that the government would not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law where necessary.
“The enforcement should be for those who are actually traffic offenders, but we want to take it first that the people I govern are law abiding citizens and that’s the approach we want to use.”
“It’s only when you disobey that we would want to treat you as an offender. I need to appeal to everyone that Lagos is for all of us all, we want to make sure that Lagos works for all of us, including me and every other Lagosian and that’s the purpose of this inspection,” Ambode said.
By Patrick Aigbokhan