Apapa road users have gone back to experiencing the severe gridlock that always builds up along the Apapa access road. This development is coming after the commuters had a brief break from congestion, as a result of the Ijora Link Bridge and Kilometers 2 Apapa/Wharf road that was rehabilitated and reopened in December 2018.
Commuters who plied the Ikorodu road to CMS on Saturday lamented that it took them three hours. Even other Lagosians who left their houses between Friday and Sunday also experienced gridlock.
Gridlock is back in Apapa as cargo import increases due to border closure
The traffic was worsened by the Federal Government's 72 hours partial closure of the Mile 2-Tin Can road to enable contractors to work on the Mile 2 Apapa/Oshodi road. Again, coupled with the fact that the road experiences heavy traffic during the festive period.
With the closure of borders between the country and her neighbouring countries, Naijauto, gathered that the number of cargoes has increased since August.
With the gridlock, Apapa road users now spend three hours in traffic on average
Following the border closure, the nation was warned of imminent congestion because of the cargo volume increase.
Ap Moeller, the largest cargo station in Lagos ports gave the warning via a statement titled "A call to action as container volumes rises".
"This positive development can be attributed to various positive government policies such as improvement in the implementation of ease of doing business policy, the Agriculture Promotion Policy and closure of land borders to curtail smuggling activities, among others.
However, if these containers are not cleared by customers soon enough, this volume increase could lead to high yard density which could impact berthing of vessels resulting in vessel queues.
We are anticipating further improvement in throughput ahead of Christmas and year end."
The GM vehicle import terminal, Tunde Keshinro, also confirmed the surge. He said that the importation of vehicles via the port has increased by 25% since August. A development which, according to him, needed the intervention of the government before it gets out of hand.
Another association that added its voice to the gridlock at Lagos ports is the Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders. Their National Coordinator, Osita Chukwu, was of the view that sending some cargoes coming into Nigeria via the eastern ports would help to decongest the ports while making the cost cheaper for eastern importers who spend a huge amount of money when they're transporting their goods.
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