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Comrade Kayode Opeifa, former  EVC , PTT on Restoration of  Law and Order on Lagos Ports Access Roads


The  Presidential Task Team (PTT) on the return of to Apapa Roads, has said that it succeeded in restoring order on the Lagos Seaports Access Roads and others leading to that axis  in the metropolis ,within the  time it discharged the mandate given it by the Federal Government.

The former Executive Vice  Chairman(EVC)  of the Task Team , Comrade Kayode Opeifa  who stated this in a Statement made available in Abuja ,after its handing over ,officially to the Lagos State Government ,said the PTT also removed all  stationary trucks on roads leading to the Ports while its assignment lasted.

According to Opeifa , following  the restoration of relative normalcy on the Lagos Ports Access roads axis, with a massive reduction in congestion and traffic, the task force completed its task and decided to withdraw on October 7, 2020.

He said that the  activities of the PTT  , while  it lasted have  continued to have   positive multiplier effects on road congestion, haulage and cost of doing business in Lagos ports and even its environs.

The former PTT boss  disclosed  that the presidential task team charged with the responsibility of Restoration of Law and Order on Lagos roads leading to Apapa and around Lagos Port and Maritime Logistics Corridor has successfully handed over its activities to the LASG to be supported by the Lagos State Police Command.

He stated that the  handover process started on November 8, 2020 and was officially completed on December 29, 2020 adding that the Task Team  enumerated  few recommendations , which  it said, if followed, would ensure total elimination of gridlock on Lagos ports roads in future.

Opeifa pointed out that as  a result of the activities and efforts of the Team  made up of representatives of the Inspector General of Police, Lagos State Government, NPA, NSC, PEBEC, FRSC, FMWH, Dry Cargo Truckers, Wet Cargo Truckers, Apapa residents and Local Government and NUPENG/PTD union, the following outcomes were recorded.

The former EVC of the PTT  outlined the benefits as  restoration of law and order on all roads leading to the Lagos Ports and within the Lagos Port maritime logistic corridors,  removal of all  stationary trucks on Lagos roads leading to the Ports, and development and deployment of an efficient and effective Traffic management plan for the entire port area traffic ,including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic.

Others , he said include Traffic Management Direction as contained in the Presidential Task Team released Operational Order, Guidelines and Modus Operandi which incorporates Port Operations, Incident rescue management, Truck Throughput and Park Management and special purpose Apapa Port Area Traffic Management with strict enforcement protocols.

According to him,  the current operating system backed by appropriate enforcement has the capacity to clean up any congestion within two to six hours with the cooperation of major stakeholders and an effective incidence and recovery management system by LASTMA and LRU.

He said the work of the PTT also led to the  development and deployment of a Manual Call Up system pending the introduction of an electronic system by the NPA adding that the  system incorporated into the Traffic management plan envisaged trucks are called from nominated parks into Transit Parks (Lilypond and Tincan Island Transit Truck Parks) for call up into the Ports.

According to Opeifa, working with NPA and the NSC  led to the development  and deployment of  a workable empty container return handling policy to handle empty containers,reduction in the cost of Port Cargo Haulage from the Ports to different parts of the country and an improved Port Cargo Trucks haulage throughput /turnaround time.