1. Vice President speech on Apapa gridlock issues
Following a tour of Apapa Ports and environs, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was accompanied by Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), reiterated the commitment of the government to make the port better.
As Naijauto collected, Osinbajo stated that he was pleased with the work progress in the area, and urged the team to increase their speed in order to accomplish more work.
“I think the most important thing is what we are trying to do right now. We will improve the infrastructures on the port areas and the call-up system so that there is no pressure within the ports,” he said.
The Vice President implies upgrades in Apapa infrastructures to solve the current problems
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In a related development, the Task Team Vice Chairman, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, stated that the task force was determined to clear the area, with a promise to restore order by Wednesday this week, June 26, 2019.
2. Apapa police are accused of asking bribes from truck drivers
In lieu of this, truck drivers in the Oshodi-Apapa expressway area, along Rainbow to Berger Yard precisely, have revealed that the police assigned to the area to keep things under control are demanding bribe from drivers before allowing them into Tin-Can Island Port.
To enter the Tin Can port, truck drivers have to pay N30,000 - N40,000 bribes
This report was recorded just 2 weeks after FRSC warning officers against bribe taking in Apapa gridlock. You can check back the announcement from FRSC in the link.
According to a driver who spoke to Vanguard on anonymity, the police do not let them move ahead without collecting bribe from them.
“They demand between N30, 000 and N40, 000 before they clear the road for you to pass. For those who cannot pay, they are left to park on the road for days and any attempt by recalcitrant drivers are met with stiff punishment as they will be beaten by the police,” he stated.
The truck driver further explained that this was the reason why the carriage-way was directed to Trinity from Fatgbems filling station, with just one lane left to other motorists for movement.