LASTMA Has Deployed 200 Officers to Ease Apapa Gridlock—Opeifa
Vice Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Restoration of Law and Order in Apapa, Comrade Kayode Opeifa has said that 200 officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) have been deployed to ease traffic congestion around Apapa port.
Opeifa at a stakeholders meeting convened by the Nigerian Shippers Council in Lagos on Tuesday said LASTMA had pulled put all its officials from Apapa in 2015 when one of its senior officer was stoned to death along Marine Road in Apapa.
He however urged all concerned stakeholders to render their support to LASTMA as a way of Corporate Social Responsibility.
He charged every Terminal Operator in Apapa to at least acquire a towing truck in order to address the challenges of container laden trucks breaking down or falling on the road.
According to him ” Not less than 12 trucks breakdown every week in Apapa, and it takes more than eight hours to clear one single truck that breaks down, this has further shown that majority of the trucks being used for transportation are very rickety and bad”
“Some of them do not have headlights or side mirror, Terminal Operators do not check these trucks before putting containers on them. And if we say that Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) should come to the port, operators would raise an alarm”
“Every Terminal Operator should at least acquire a towing truck. The towing trucks should be handed over to LASTMA, the Lagos State Government have agreed to send 200 LASTMA officials to Apapa, but we need to agree to support them as our own CSR” he said.