To ease the distruptive gridlock that nearly shut Lagos, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday flagged off the expansion of the Orile Tanker Terminal. This just part of solutions to the intractable gridlock. The terminal will carter to trucks.
Governor Ambode assured that construction work would be accelerated on the 1000-capacity terminal at Orile-Iganmu area of the state.
The Lagos governor said the expansion of the terminal was one of the resolutions reached at the recent meeting with stakeholders, especially in the maritime sector.
He said that lasting solutions were suggested to take off the roads, the containerised trucks , majorly responsible for the gridlock in the Apapa area.
“One of the other resolutions is that we should have authorised truck terminal park and so my visit to this place today is to flag off the reconstruction of this terminal so that we can accommodate 1000 trucks.
“We will do this in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority so that the call-up system can work efficiently.
“The expansion we are adding to this particular terminal in which we have decided to acquire the adjoining land, we will use that primarily for non-petroleum trucks so that we can sectionalise these trucks and allow the call-up system to work,” he said.
Ambode said this was part of the efforts of the State Government to make sure that Apapa gridlock and the truck menace become a thing of the past permanently.
He also disclosed that the State Government had concluded plans to utilise an expanse of land in Ijanikin area, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway with a capacity to accommodate at least 5,000 trucks.
“I have just been briefed that we have an additional land space in Ijanikin that can accommodate 5000 trucks.
“We will explore that possibility immediately; all that we are doing is just to make sure that there is a permanent solution to this whole idea of trucks destroying our bridges and roads,” Ambode said.
While appealing to residents for their understanding, the governor assured that within the next six to eight weeks, the terminals would be up and running to get the trucks off the roads and bridges within the axis.