Lagos — Worried by the incessant gridlock along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and determined to address the situation, Lagos State Government has issued a fresh four-day ultimatum to tanker and trailer drivers as well as owners of vehicles parked illegally along the axis to remove them from road side or face wrath of the law.
Governor Fashola's order has also got the backing of the Federal Government when a delegation from the Presidency visited the Governor on the matter
The team from the Presidency led by the Special Adviser to the President on Performance and Evaluation and Chairman of the Ports Reform Committee, Professor Sylvester Monye, met with Fashola with the former declaring in an interview that from today, all trucks parked along Apapa road will be moved.
Prof. Monye, who spoke to State House Reporters at Lagos House, Ikeja, said the idea is to do for Apapa road what the Lagos State Government has done for the Oshodi Expressway, stressing that notices have been given just as undertakings have been made by the truckers.
He said: "So, it is going to be a total operation because from tomorrow we will deploy security to all the truck users. We have a substantial number of Policemen and women who would lead the operation.
"The operation is being supervised by the Inspector-General himself, so it is going to be a major operation and we are delighted that the Lagos State Government is totally with us on this assignment."
Monye explained that the team came to the Governor to appraise him on the work of the Ports Reforms Committee and brief him on how the Committee intends to carry out the instructions of the President on clearing the mess at the Ports and clearing the mess around the Ports particularly the access roads.
In his words: "As you well know, the President set up a committee to ensure that we clear the mess at our ports and also clear the mess around the Ports particularly the access roads.