80 firms relocated due to gridlock – Apapa LG boss

Sesan Olufowobi

The Chairman of the Apapa Local Government Area, Owolabi Adele, says no fewer than 80 companies have relocated from Apapa due to the gridlock associated with the area.

The council chairman added that many residents had abandoned their homes because of the problem.

He said the situation had affected revenue accruing to the local government.

The council boss noted that it was time to tackle the challenge before things got worse.

Adele spoke on Tuesday at the inauguration of two committees – Enforcement and Operations Committee and Finance Committee – that were expected to bring normalcy back to the Apapa area.

He said, “Investigation revealed that at least 80 companies moved away from Apapa due to gridlock. We hope that the committees will provide a lasting solution to the traffic bottlenecks in Apapa.”

He explained that the Enforcement and Operations Committee would involve security agencies, adding that the committee would impound any articulated vehicle not cleared to come to Apapa.

“The Finance Committee is to raise the sum of N130m for the success of our clear Apapa of traffic project,” the council boss added.

Owolabi commended the ongoing road rehabilitation in the area, calling for full enforcement of the state traffic law in the overall interest of all.

A member of the House of Representatives and a former Chairman of the council, Ayodeji Joseph, said companies operating in the area should provide a service holding bay before being given permission to operate.

Also speaking on behalf of residents of the Apapa Government Reservation Area, Brig. Gen. Ayo Vaughan said drivers who violated short-term solution put in place should be punished.

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