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Sanwo-Olu sets up special traffic team to resolve traffic gridlock in Apapa axis

Governor Sanwo-Olu has approved a Special Traffic Management and Enforcement Compliance Team to resolve the traffic gridlock in and around Apapa.

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the constitution of a Special Traffic Management and Enforcement Compliance Team to resolve the traffic gridlock in and around Apapa.

This disclosure is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Sunday, January 31.

According to the statement from Omotoso, members of the team include:

  • Hon. Toyin Fayinka (Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation);
  • Engr. Olajide Oduyoye (General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA);
  • Hon. Sola Giwa (SSA to the Governor on Central Business Districts); and
  • Ayodeji Laurent (SSA to the Governor on Political Security Intelligence).

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The Commissioner said, “The Special Traffic Management & Enforcement Compliance Team is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring zero tolerance of traffic offenders and a seamless traffic management system specifically designed to restore sanity in and around Apapa and create a cohesive system that would aid the resurgence of business activities and ensure that residents live in a conducive environment devoid of traffic-induced stress.’

Omotoso added that the Governor said that the area of coverage of the Team’s operations includes:

  • Ikorodu Road to Oshodi – Mile 2 – Apapa
  • Ikorodu Road – Funsho Williams Avenue (Surulere) – Alaka – Iganmu – SIFAX – Ijora 7up – Apapa
  • Surulere – Alaka – Eko Bridge – Ijora Olopa – Ijora 7up – Apapa.

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The Governor, in the statement, said that with the development, it was expected that traffic within Apapa and its environs would be better managed by a team of dedicated LASTMA, FRSC, Police, and Intelligence Service Officers.

Sanwo-Olu added that the policemen from Area ‘B’ Police Command would tentatively provide security back-up for the team, pending the announcement of the new security architecture by the State Government.

The head of the new Special Traffic Management & Enforcement Compliance Team, Hon. Toyin Fayinka (Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation) and other members of the team are expected to work with the designated team of the Inspector-General of Police and collaborate with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu and other members of Law Enforcement Agencies in and around Apapa to ensure the success of the team’s assignment.

READ: Lagos seals 10 different properties in Ogudu GRA for violating planning laws

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the Federal Government announced the withdrawal of the Presidential Task Force on Ports Decongestion, following the restoration of some level of normalcy on the Apapa axis with the disappearance of trucks and tankers on the bridges and major roads.
  • Consequently, the Lagos State Government moved to take over from the task force on port decongestion and create a new operational template for the task force.
  • This follows the pronouncement of the Governor on the takeover of traffic management from the Presidential Task Team on the decongestion of Apapa gridlock after his visit on December 28, 2020.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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Finance Minister says asset sales not primarily for budget financing

The Finance Minister has clarified that the reason for sales of government assets was more to revive them than it is for financing the budget.

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The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has stated that the sale of national assets is not necessarily for budget financing, adding that some dead or non-performing assets will be sold to credible investors who can revive them.

The Minister disclosed this at the maiden edition of the State House briefing on Thursday at the State House, which was focused on the economy and economic recovery.

“The Nigerian Government recorded a 97% budget performance.

“Every year we have provisions for sale of FGN assets. 2021 is not different. There is a Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) workplan for this. Assets that are dead or non-performing will be sold to credible investors who can revive them. Asset sales are not primarily for budget financing,” Ahmed stated.

The Minister also said that Nigeria’s debt was still very much within sustainable limits and that the FG needed to “roll out infrastructure now, and grow the economy now, not later. Our focus is on growing our revenues.”

What you should know 

  • Recall Nairametrics reported recently that the Finance Minister had announced that the Federal Government said the Finance Bill 2020 was designed to reduce import duties on some commodities, including vehicles, thereby checking inflation.
  • Premium Times released an exclusive report stating that the FG proposed to sell or concession no fewer than 36 of its properties to raise funds, largely to finance the 2021 budget.
  • The assets include the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the Abuja International Conference Centre (ICC), some unnamed refineries, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Abuja Water Board, Nigerian Film Corporation, and many others.

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Lagos, others adopt strategy on e-call up system, trucks to vacate Apapa road on Feb. 27

This is in continuation of efforts to find a solution to the maritime sector’s activities that have plagued Apapa and its environs with daily traffic gridlock.

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The Lagos State Government, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and Truck Transit Park (TTP) have reached a resolution on the strategy to be adopted for the new e-call up system for truck operations in and out of Apapa, as it takes off on February 27, 2021.

This is in continuation of efforts to find a solution to the maritime sector’s activities that have plagued Apapa and its environs with daily traffic gridlock.

This disclosure is contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation and Chairman, Special Traffic Management Enforcement Team, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka, on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Fayinka said that the resolution was reached after thorough consideration by all parties to effectively eliminate the traffic congestion experienced in the state through ports activities.

What the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor is saying

Fayinka said, “During the meeting, held at Lilypond Terminal, the parties agreed that a new e-call up system will commence on Saturday 27th February 2021, as the existing call up for trucks will be discontinued from tomorrow, 26th February 2021, due to its inefficiency to manage truckers’ operations in and out of the ports.

“It was also jointly agreed upon that by 4 p.m on Friday, 26th February 2021, all articulated vehicles will be prevented from entering Apapa and its environs and subsequently by noon on Saturday, 27th February 2021, trucks in and around the Ports access roads are all expected to have vacated the corridors, with strong warnings for truck owners and drivers to adhere to the resolutions to prevent punitive measures from the government.’

Fayinka also revealed that the parties advised all stakeholders involved, especially truck owners, to cooperate with the State Government as it made consolidated efforts to create ease of movement for the citizenry, as well as enhance business activities in the axis.

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the NPA had launched an Electronic Truck call-up system, Eto, designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos ports, in a bid to resolve the gridlock in and around the Apapa axis.
  • This is to also help complement the drive for a business-friendly and secure environment for port business in Nigeria.
  • During the implementation of the new system, all trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the Eto app.
  • The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, had said that the introduction of the Electronic Call-up system would eliminate human intervention from the process, thereby eliminating extortion by enforcement and security officers.
  • The Lagos State Government, through its newly constituted Traffic Management Enforcement Team to resolve Apapa gridlocks, and the Nigerian Port Authority Security Team also identified parks as holding bays for trucks around the metropolis.

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