Lagos Governor-elect says ‘a lot of politics being played’ with Apapa gridlock

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu. PHOTO CREDIT: Vanguard

The Governor-elect of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said “a lot of politics being played around” the Apapa traffic congestion, vowing to end the gridlock within the first 60 days of his administration.

He said not minding the politics involved, he would rid the area of all the trailers whose operations have been responsible for the intractable gridlock.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Saturday during an interactive session with his classmates at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, University of Lagos, 1998/2000 set.

The erstwhile classmates held a congratulatory dinner reception in Sanwo-Olu’s honour at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi.

At the dinner, they presented him a policy document designed by them, which contained their ideas and suggestions on some of the actions he could take in office to have a successful tenure. They also asked him specific questions and his plans concerning them.

One of the questions was what he would do about the trailers causing gridlock in Apapa, to which he said, “The Apapa trailer issue; it’s a campaign issue; it’s very serious. I’m going to take it very seriously. I believe that it is something that we are going to solve in the first 60 days of our government. Whatever is going to be required of us, we will take them out.

“There is a lot of politics being played around there. But no, it cannot be the way we’ll continue to live. We cannot continue to give excuses.”

The governor-elect, however, said as a long-term solution, his administration would develop a port in Badagry to ease the pressure on Apapa.