APAPA GRIDLOCK: LASG, Others reach resolution on new E-Call up system for trucks operations

In continuation of efforts to finding a solution to the maritime sector activities that have plagued Apapa and its environs with daily traffic gridlock, the Lagos State Government, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and Truck Transit Park (TTP) have reached a resolution on the strategy to be adopted for the new e-call up system for truck operations in and out of Apapa.

In continuation of efforts to finding a solution to the maritime sector activities that have plagued Apapa and its environs with daily traffic gridlock, the Lagos State Government, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and Truck Transit Park (TTP) have reached a resolution on the strategy to be adopted for the new e-call up system for truck operations in and out of Apapa.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation and Chairman, Special Traffic Management Enforcement Team, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, the resolution was reached on Thursday, after thorough consideration by all parties to effectively eliminate the traffic congestion experienced in the State through Ports activities.

Fayinka said, “During the meeting, held at Lilypond Terminal, the parties agreed that a new e-call up system will commence on Saturday 27th February 2021, as the existing call up for trucks will be discontinued from tomorrow, 26th February 2021, due to its inefficiency to manage truckers operations in and out of the ports”.

“It was also jointly agreed upon that by 4 p.m on Friday, 26th February, 2021, all articulated vehicles will be prevented from entering Apapa and its environs and subsequently by noon on Saturday, 27th February, 2021, trucks in and around the Ports access roads are all expected to have vacated the corridors, with strong warnings for truck owners and drivers to adhere to the resolutions to prevent punitive measures from the government, he added.

Fayinka also revealed that the parties, therefore, advised all stakeholders involved, especially truck owners, to cooperate with the State Government as it makes consolidated efforts to create ease of movement for the citizenry as well as enhance business activities in the

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