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Apapa, the headquarters of traffic congestion in Nigeria, has in the last 72 hours been largely free and motorists within this period have had pleasurable, unencumbered ride to the port city. Given the daily unpleasant traffic experience on Apapa roads and bridges, the gridlock free experience of the last three days calls for celebration, but in the opinion of residents, business owners, port operators, and sundry visitors to this once revered city, it is too early to clap.
“We have seen gridlock-free Apapa roads and bridges before. Personally, I am not thrilled by what I have seen in the last 72 hours, which seems to be a make-up for the failed 72-hour presidential ultimatum for the trucks to vacate the roads and bridges,” Emma Ameke, a port worker, told BusinessDay on nThursday. “Again, don’t forget that two of these three days were public holidays when there were no activities at the ports. If there is any day to clap for, it is just Thursday,” Ameke said.
But in all of this, what is important now is that there is respite here for motorists and even commuters. Anybody who was part of the last week Friday ‘night-vigil’ on all routes to Apapa would appreciate and celebrate even one day that he or she either drives or commutes to this port city without sweat. It is not yet clear what could be responsible for the fragile respite, which is almost total as there are no trucks at all on both Ijora and Eko bridges.
But our findings reveal that truck owners have committed to co-operating with the new presidential task force by taking their trucks off the roads. Remi Ogungbemi, chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMARTO), had explained to BusinessDay that part of the reasons for … Read More...