Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday visited Apapa where he outlined measures to tackle the perennial gridlock in the area.
He said that a terminal that could take 1,000 trucks would be completed next month to take trucks off the road.
The new governor, who was sworn into office on Wednesday, had vowed to end the Apapa gridlock in 60 days.
The governor, in company of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, inspected facilities in the area and the probable solution to curbing the gridlock.
He commended the Federal Government for setting up a Presidential Task Force that would work with the state government to resolve the gridlock.
He said his government had discovered that the problem of Apapa was multi-faceted and that one agency could not resolve the issue.
“From where we started at the Lilypond terminal, they are developing along Malu road a terminal that can absolve 1,000 trucks. It is a well constructed terminal that will be converted to a temporary holding bay for the trucks. They have started moving the trucks there but the movement is not fast enough.
“Once they do that, all the trucks on the Ijora bridge, and others within that axis can use it.
“During the tour, we realised that NPA and Dangote have worked on the Wharf Road up to the Apapa port. But it is sad that the trucks are still parking on the road,” he said.
“We are hoping in due cause, we will get all these issues behind us. But the final solutions to ending the gridlock within Apapa is an economic solution. We need to build another port. It is a long-term solution. We will take it upon ourselves with the support of the NPA to develop the Lekki and Badagry ports,” he added.
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