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Gov Ambode Expands Trailer Park Capacity To Over 5,000

In order to ease the traffic gridlock on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and environs, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Sunday, disclosed that a  5,000-capacity truck terminal will be constructed in the Ijanikin axis of the state. It will serve as another parking lot for articulated trucks in the state in addition to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ABAT, truck terminal at Orile-Iganmu. He also assured residents that the traffic gridlock will be permanently addressed within eight weeks. Governor Ambode spoke as Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, urged the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to withdraw the operating licence of any shipping company without a holding bay within a stipulated time. 

 

Ambode said this at the flag-off of expansion works on the 1,000 capacity ABAT truck terminal during an inspection tour of Apapa axis. He said: “I want to appeal to residents of Lagos that within eight weeks,  we should be able to get the trucks terminal working and ensure that we bring lasting solution to gridlock within the Apapa ports. “My visit here is to flag-off the reconstruction of the trailer park in Orile so that it can accommodate 1,000 trucks. We will do this in collaboration with the  NPA in order to have effective call-up system within the parks. The expansion to this terminal will be used temporarily for cargo trucks. Through this, we will be able to sectionalise or provide a separate park for the trucks in the state.”

Commending the Federal Government for approving the reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and rail tracks to link Ibadan, Ambode said his administration was considering the use of badges on waterways to complement both modes of transportation system. In his remarks, the Chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi said: “Today is the beginning of a new era as far as Lagos State is concerned. We have been saying it that our Governor is an action Governor and his coming here today has shown that he is very dynamic and pragmatic". "This is what we have been expecting and for the governor to be here to see things, and flag off the rehabilitation and expansion of this terminal, shows that he is not only talking but also matching words with action.”

 

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