Oshodi-Apapa: You Can’t Evict Us, Truck Drivers, Touts Dare Sanwo-Olu
Oshodi-Apapa: You Can’t Evict Us, Truck Drivers, Touts Dare Sanwo-Olu

In defiance of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s ultimatum to restore order along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, truck drivers and touts remain entrenched in the area. The governor issued the ultimatum during an inspection tour of the region last Friday, warning truckers to clear the road or face consequences. Despite some partial compliance on Monday, the traffic situation has deteriorated, with touts returning to the Mile-2 area without facing any opposition from the Police and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Truck drivers, claiming to have paid off those involved in traffic management along the route, challenge the Lagos State government to address the root causes and other contributing factors to the gridlock. They argue that truck drivers are also suffering from harsh conditions and harassment by various officials and area boys.

The Lagos State government has summoned a stakeholders’ meeting with port operators to address the ongoing gridlock along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, particularly at the Mile-2 axis. This meeting will involve leaders of various organizations, including the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and others. The state government has expressed its determination to restore order to the area and will not tolerate lawlessness.

Residents and stakeholders in the area have expressed concern over the chaotic traffic situation, calling for total enforcement and monitoring of policies to alleviate the gridlock and restore sanity to the region. They emphasize the need for coordination, monitoring, and the creation of designated parking areas for trucks to prevent them from occupying the road.

In summary, despite the governor’s ultimatum, the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway remains congested, with truck drivers and touts defying eviction orders. The Lagos State government is taking steps to address the gridlock and restore order through a stakeholders’ meeting and enhanced enforcement of traffic policies.

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