One of the many things we grapple within Lagos is the everyday traffic gridlocks all over the city called “go slow” locally. Like many other roads in the bustling economic nerve center of Nigeria, the Apapa Expressway consistently gives Lagos road users a terrible day because of its epic traffic congestion.
However, it seems better days are ahead as the incoming Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu, has promised to put an end to the usual traffic snarl-ups in the said area. More so, the governor elect is affirming he will do this within the first 60 days of his tenure. BOS, as his campaign slogan tagged him, made this statement at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, University of Lagos, 1998/2000 set where he was having an interactive dialogue with school mates.
Lagos state Governor elect B.Sanwo Olu addresses a gathering
Sanwo Olu further said he will hold true to his words notwithstanding the politics involved. He identified getting rid of every trailer on the road as a first step as they have been the major contributor to the traffic congestion witnessed on that road.
To celebrate his victory after the governorship election held in March, 2019, the governor-elect’s classmates held a dinner party for him as an avenue to congratulate and honor him before being sworn in as the Lagos state governor.
During the dinner party held at Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, the classmates presented to Sanwo Olu, a policy document which was designed by them. In it are some ideas and issues concerning the state they thought he could resolve during his tenure as the governor of Lagos.
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Having presented the documented issues, the group also asked the incoming governor his plan for them. One of the questions asked included his intention towards the trailers causing traffic hold-up on Apapa road.
Responding, Sanwo Olu promised to take care of business:
The Apapa trailer issue; it’s a campaign issue; it’s very serious; I’m going to take it very seriously. I believe that it is something that we are going to solve in the first 60 days of our government. Whatever is going to be required of us, we will take them out.
The Apapa traffic gridlock has become the epitome of all Lagos "go slows"
Sanwo Olu also disclosed that he will also establish the Badagry Port, to minimize the overload on the Apapa Port and it will be a long-term solution. The gov. elect will take ove from Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
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