Sunday , June 16 2024

Papa: Sanwo-Olu declares war on cartel behind gridlock

…vows to name, shame perpetrators 

Korede Olusola

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday vowed to publicize and disgrace the cartel or anyone who tries to rubbish or engage in activities that will impede the free flow of traffic on the axis.  

The governor, who also commissioned the newly reconfigured Lekki 1st, 2nd and Abraham Adesanya roundabouts, said that his administration remains committed to taking Lagos to a greater height through transportation.  

The Governor said the electronic Call-Up System launched, last Saturday, in the Apapa seaports was designed to permanently address movement of trailers in and out of the ports and bring about traffic improvements along the corridor.

 He said: “Obviously, what we are doing now is that we have taken the unscrupulous people who have been benefiting from the gridlock, we have to take whatever it is they are earning from them and we know they will want to fight back.

“I am facing the camera now that we will not stop at anything to ensure that anybody that tries to retract and take us back to where we are coming from on the gridlock on Apapa, we will do everything that we have to fight those people. We will name and shame them, we will bring out their names, be it a corporate organization, company, police officer, Lagos State officer, be it a union, that will say that the solution that we have brought about will not work, they will go and answer to the citizens of Nigeria and Lagos. We will bring them to the public court for them to see that we are about seriousness.We cannot condole the recklessness and carelessness that our citizens have gone through.”

Sanwo-Olu also shared details of how his administration resolved the problem in partnership with the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders in maritime sector. He spoke on Wednesday when he formally handed over three newly improved traffic-prone junctions along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

 The Governor described the progress recorded in Apapa as a “hard-won”, disclosing that it took the State Government more than a year to gather all stakeholders on the discussion table to agree on far-reaching approach to permanently address the problem.