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Ambode Visits Scene of Oshodi-Apapa Gridlock | Threatens to Sanction Tanker Drivers



Ambode in Apapa Part 1

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday visited Apapa-Oshodi expressway to assess the cause of the horrible traffic gridlock plaguing the area.

Petroleum tanker drivers frequently park their vehicles on the road while attempting to access the port and tank farms located within the axis, Vanguard reports.

Ambode, was accompanied on the tour by top officials of the state government and security agencies.
Speaking on the situation, he said:
“What we have done in the last three hours is trying to find out what are the issues that partain to Apapa. We’ve all seen that the gridlock in Apapa is multi-faceted. We have examined things that relate to activities of trailer and tanker drivers.

It is totally unacceptable that we would be having tankers and trailers on our bridges. It is also not acceptable that they would decide to block all lanes that lead to Apapa. We’ve also seen that we must do something immediately to alleviate the challenges that the residents and business owners are facing.

Ambode in Apapa3

But again, you’ll also realise that the roads that lead to Apapa Wharf and Tincan Island actually belong to the Federal Government. We’ve come to this Tin Can Bridge, it has been under construction in the last six years, we’ve also seen a trailer park that can actually contain about 500 trailers at a time that has been abandoned by the Federal Government.

Ambode in Apapa 2

What we want to do now is firstly to appeal to the Federal Government and most especially Mr. President that the contractor working on this particular bridge should come back to site and once we are able to open the trailer park, we would be able to allow other trailer and tankers to use the park.”

The governor also threatened to sanction erring tanker drivers who park indiscriminately on bridges and roads in Apapa. He said a special task-force team will be set up soon that will ensure free flow of traffic in the area.


  1. tunmi

    June 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Ambode is going to lose weight by the end of his term with his cardio regimen (walking to and/or around the scene). No shade, I like it.

  2. Taipan

    June 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    e be like you no like the small fuel you don dey see, sanction tankers, them go on strike…may be na you go be the next trekker to aso rock

    • Kadara

      June 26, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      @Taipan, so he should leave them to be unruly and causing traffic abi
      He warned them before , if they don’t act like reasonable people then sanctions are next.

    • philchioo

      June 29, 2015 at 8:07 am

      All dis kind of talk they give the moral to they do all there nonsensical act

  3. missatl

    June 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Pls talk well, don’t sanction tanker drivers, sanction the owners of the tankers…are they not all ur oil big boy friends

  4. Mewe

    June 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Sanction, sanction, sanction! Is that the only language? Why not address the root cause of the gridlock?What of rail lines to deliver products to other areas. This is the same Lagos planning to build another deep sea port and airport in Lekki, with the horrific traffic situation in that area. By the time that is done, this Apapa gridlock will be child’s play. It’s all about IGR; no regards for quality of life.

  5. empia

    June 27, 2015 at 12:59 am


  6. ema

    June 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I pray they find a lasting solution soon. Cos the stress on that road is crazy.

  7. Shikins

    July 26, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Really really crazy !

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