Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the expansion of the Apapa truck terminal to curb the incessant parking of trucks on the roads and bridges in the state. The horrible sight of trucks parked, from Fadeyi bus-stop towards Ojuelegba and its environs and leading through to Apapa.
The governor, who disclosed during a general inspection of projects ongoing across the state that his administration had concluded plans to utilize an expanse of land in Ijanikin area with a capacity to accommodate about 5,000 trucks. It was during the inspection that he ordered the extension of the Egan-Agric Road project to Ayobo, he also ordered immediate commencement of palliative works on the Ikotun-Ijegun and other roads.
“Having an authorized truck terminal park is one of the state’s resolution and our visit to this place is basically to flag-off the reconstruction of this terminal so we can accommodate 1,000 truck.
“This project will be done in collaboration with the Nigeria Ports Authority for a more efficient call-up system. The expansion of this particular terminal will be used primarily for non-petroleum trucks in each section on this newly acquired land.”
Speaking on the Ijanikin 5,000 trucks park, the governor said: “I have just been briefed that we have an additional land space in Ijanikin that can accommodate 5,000 trucks. We will explore that possibility immediately; all that we are doing is just to make sure there is a permanent solution to this whole idea of trucks endangering our lives and destroying our bridges,” he said.
While appealing to Lagosians for their understanding, Ambode said within the next six to eight weeks, the terminals would be up and doing to get the trucks off the roads and bridges within the axis.