Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has revealed that the gridlock caused by tankers and trucks along the Apapa Wharf Road continues to give him sleepless nights.
The gridlock has continually caused so pain and discomfort to Lagosians, especially residents of the affected area, with an end not looking likely soon.
The Minister lamented that with the Christmas and New Year festivities approaching, the situation of things in the area keeps giving him a ‘sleepless night’ as more tankers are expected to ply the route while trying to deliver or offload their goods.
He called on the Importers and Exporters who are the major cause of the heavy traffic on the road to make use of alternative ports and also urged all stakeholders involved to contribute their part in making sure that residents of the state do not go through unnecessary stress in making use of the road.
Fashola said: “Exporter and importer needs to think about pain and discomfort they are causing people of Lagos while road repair is going on and they need to think of what to do to ease the pain.
“There are other Port in Warri, Calabar among others. Although it may not be convenient but at least it will reduce pain.
“We also know that the government agricultural policies are working, so there are more agriculture export than what it used to be in about four years ago.”
He then called on the organisations and companies whose businesses are situated in the area or carry out business transactions in the area to come up with suggestions that will help in improving the situation while the road construction lasts.
Fashola is the immediate past Governor of Lagos state and still largelybresides in the Lagos Metropolis despite his ministerial appointment.