Economy loses N6trn to Apapa gridlock, says OPS

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A survey by the Organised Private Sector (OPS) shows that the Nigerian economy loses about N6 trillion to the intractable gridlock within the Apapa port environment. This was contained in a presidential report presented at the 62nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) which held in Lagos on Tuesday, and…

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‘I will run an open, transparent, accessible government’

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, incoming governor of Lagos State, spoke in this interview with select journalists. Iheanyi Nwachukwu was there and brings excerpts.

It has been 20 years since the progressives have been at the helm of affairs in Lagos. Would you say this journey has been good so far?

I honestly want to agree and say to you clearly that it’s been worth it. It’s been worth it for us as progressives but more important is that it’s been worth it for Lagosians. Twenty years ago, if you want to be fair, this is not the Lagos that we had twenty years ago. Lagos was not about the 6th largest economy in Africa. It didn’t have 22 or 23 million people. It didn’t have a lot of the things it has now in terms of infrastructure, health, education; and of course you may also say that Lagos didn’t have these many traffic and refuse.  But what you see is that Lagos has grown to be one of the biggest mega cities in that space of time and it has come with its huge opportunities and a lot of challenges. The progressives have held their turf, they have held it very well. They have created wealth for Lagosians, built structures, bridges, all around the city. They have developed people. New schools and hospitals have been built, and the revenue of the state has astronomically been enhanced through quality representation.

When they started in 1999, history shows that it was a little over N600 million that was being generated, but tens of billions are being generated now. The question is, is that also enough for today’s challenges? It is not, and I’ll come to that later. But in terms of growth, we have seen a leap in the

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Apapa gridlock to permanently disappear in 3 weeks – Lagos govt.

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The Lagos state commissioner for transportation, Ladi Lawanson, has said that the gridlock currently experiencing in Apapa will disappear in the next 21 days.

Lawanson gave this assurance in an exclusive interaction with Business Day in Lagos, Tuesday.

“I can tell you categorically that within 21 days the Apapa gridlock will be revolved permanently,” Lawanson said authoritatively.

The permanent solution is expected from the initiative taken by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to find a lasting solution to the congestion in Apapa.

According to the commissioner, the vice president has inaugurated a tax force committee, which the commissioner is a member, to find a lasting solution to the traffic challenges in Apapa.

The commissioner who reiterated one of his mandates, said it is his responsibility to make sure that there are free flows of traffics on Lagos roads. But part of the challenges is that some of the infrastructures needed to easy Lagos traffic are owned by the Federal Government.

“Some of the infrastructures around the port are owned by the Federal Government. There are federal roads to which Lagos State Government has no authority,” Lawanson said.

Because of the jurisdiction issues, according to Lawanson, there is the need for the agencies of all tiers of government to collaborate in order to achieve effective solutions to the problems at hand.

It is on this regard, according to him, that the state is collaborating with the central government to bring a lasting solution to the gridlock in Apapa, which will be permanently resolved in the next 3 weeks.

Collaborating the commissioner’s assertion, the chairman of Apapa GRA Residents Association (AGRA), Sola Ayo Vaughan, said that as part of the said task force committee, he can confirm that Apapa residents are about to witness a big relief … Read More...