President, Association of Good Leadership Advocates Peace Development, Lagos, Dr Olusegun Ologbese has berated the Federal Government for insensitivity to the Apapa gridlock in Lagos.
Ologbese in an interview, said for an area where Nigeria derives about 75 percent of its revenue to be comatose shows that the government doesn't really understand the concept of 'Ease of Doing Business.'
"How can you be talking about ease of doing business when people cannot access the port area to carry out their business? You cannot predict when you will access the port to load your container and get out. Many businesses around the area have folded up and the security around the area is worrisome. The situation has made us the laughing stock of the international community.
"You hear some people in government saying a particular road belongs to the state, this belongs to Federal Government. How can you say that in an area where the country generates huge revenue? How can we be comparing the road that lead to
economic nerve centre to a state road and other places".
He recalled that Apapa road was not like that in the past because as government was making effort so also were the Nigeria Ports Authority and other stakeholders, "It got worse when government said they commercialize it for development but where is the development?
"I said it then that an average Nigerian will be concerned about the money they put into the business, but white men don't behave that way because they are after good reputation. The little development you are seeing now in the port was because the press echoed Nigerians voice otherwise they did not know that it is their primary responsibility to improve on what they met at the port. They thought it is left for concessioners to do it for them.
He commended Aliko Dangote and other stakeholders for their efforts to make meaningful impact and called on government to do the needful to ameliorate the plight of Nigerians making use of roads in Apapa area.
"In the past, people didn't park on the road, because they knew it was a serious offence but nowadays the security personnel will collect bribe and let them park.
"The solution to Apapa gridlock is proper planning. Government also needs to expand some areas that require expansion. If it warrants buying houses that can be hindrances government should buy the houses and find suitable place for owners to settle down.