SANWO-OLU TO LEAD DELEGATION TO SUMMIT ON APAPA TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK
By Mcanthony ONUOHA
All roads lead to Rockview Hotel and Suites, Apapa, Lagos as the State Governor, His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo- Olu leads a powerful delegation to the National Maritime Summit on Apapa Traffic gridlock.
The summit, which is slated for Wednesday, 14th and Thursday 15th of May respectively, is being organized by The Powerful Pen Media, with the theme, ” Apapa Traffic Gridlock: Has it defied all solutions?
The Powerful Pen Newspaper, a publication of Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria(MAJAN), has been an active voice in the quest to finding a lasting solution to the perennial Apapa Traffic gridlock.
Addressing Journalists in Lagos, the President of Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, disclosed that major stakeholders would be gracing the occasion as those expected include, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), NIMASA, Lagos State government,all Transport unions, Customs, Freight Forwarders and other relevant stakeholders in the Maritime industry.
Since the concession of the ports by the Federal Government, Apapa Traffic gridlock has transmutted into a major threat not only to national economic growth, but to all stakeholders having defied almost all measures to combat it, as port users continue to lament its huge negative impact on their health and livelihood, while importers of goods keep counting their losses on daily basis.
It is on record that MAJAN, overtime, has been in the forefront , painstakingly buttressing government’s efforts in finding lasting solutions to the monstrous gridlock. Recall that in December 8, 2016, MAJAN members embarked on a protest march against Apapa Traffic. Subsequently, the association has been organizing several programmes where stakeholders are invited to round table discussions on the same issue, and this National Summit is one of such initiatives.
However, NPA has put in place an E-CALL-UP system as a measure to easing traffic on ports corridors.