The Lagos State authorities are in talks with the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and tanker drivers to incorporate them into the digital-call-up system to reduce gridlock on the Apapa port hall.
Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde disclosed this yesterday whereas presenting activities of his ministry up to now 731 days, marking the 2 years anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Authorities in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had in February 2021 introduced the electronic call-up system as a part of measures to rid the Apapa, Tin Can Island and its environs of gridlock.
He stated the re-name system caters for the flatbeds, which make up about 70 per cent of trucks that come into Apapa.
“We are beginning to take care of the flatbeds however we have neglected the tankers. So, now, we’re speaking with NUPENG and tanker drivers and they’re willing to come upon the e-call up system.”
He mentioned the state is increasing the Ahmed Tinubu truck park. “When developed, the truck park is capable of taking 2,500 trucks, which to a large extent will help deal with the menace of tankers clogging the hall.”
He said to finally cut the gridlock, there is a must construct another port, which is the Lekki Deep Sea Port being developed by the state and anticipated to be completed in 18 months.