The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has extended the operation of the operation of the Joint Task Force set up by the state government to remove all containerised trucks and tankers parked along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, which has already opened up the service lane in the axis, This Day reports.
Speaking with reporters after inspecting the progress of the operation in company of the heads of security agencies and other stakeholders, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, said it was gratifying to report that the task force was able to free the road from Toyota to Mile 2 in a rigorous operation which lasted for 72 hours between Friday and Sunday.
He said to build on the gains so far recorded, Ambode had already extended the operation of the task force for another 48 hours, while he would also host a meeting involving all the stakeholders in Alausa today to come up with lasting solution to the menace.
“Tomorrow (today), the governor is engaging all the stakeholders further to his interventions through the palliative measures that the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal is implementing to come up with lasting solutions.
“The governor will specifically be meeting with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), shippers council, tank farm owners, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), among others because that is where the problem is really emanating from.
“What we are doing now are just palliative measures and we have to solve the problem from the source. Even though this is not within the governor’s jurisdiction but he is adopting a collaborative approach with these agencies of the federal government which are the root cause of the problem to look for a medium to long-term solutions in support of the palliative measure that the governor has started,” Lawanson said.