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NUPENG And HITECH Frustrating Government's Effort On Apapa Traffic Gridlock -Toyin Fayinka


The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, on Apapa Gridlock, Toyin Fayinka has said Hitech construction company and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Union of Nigeria (NUPENG) are frustrating efforts of the State Government on traffic gridlock on Apapa/Oshodi expressway. 

The Chairman accused Hitech Construction Company, who are incharge of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Mile 2/Tin-Can Port road, of deliberately frustrating the electronic call-up system for movement of trucks in and out of the ports.

He noted that the State Government has no control over the Federal road construction works, saying the activities of the contractors and the slow pace of work on the road is affecting traffic gridlock.

Olayinka also said, "the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Union of Nigeria (NUPENG) is yet to key into the e-call up system and the activities of petroleum tanker drivers along the Apapa/Oshodi expressway is really affecting government efforts."

According to him, “we have had meetings with the representative of the contractor alongside with NPA management severally but to me, it looks as if they are deliberately doing it."
“The activities of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Union of Nigeria (NUPENG) along that axis is also problematic". 

During my visit to monitor the traffic situation of the area this morning, I observed that fuel tankers lade from second rainbow bus stop to Fagbems filling station, queuing up to Otto Wharf, Vanguard, inward Berger to Sunrise on a main carriageway and service lane parked one side lane on a double lane.

While from the First gate to the Second gate, Tin-Can Apapa, there were clusters of articulated containerized trucks waiting endlessly parked on the main roads. 

And also,  most of the tankers were expected to navigate to the depot at the MRS terminal while some little articulated containerized trucks were seen close to Liverpool, Tin Can Port waiting for a call-order to the seaport.
I also noticed that MRS filling station close to the main gate that ought to have allowed all the tankers queuing outside the main gate to have access to the loading points gate, locked there facility as at the time of filing this report.

One of the tanker drivers, Mojeed Ola lekan, said they have been on the road for the past, one week. He said; "the issue is from both the depot and Hitech company, they are the ones to blame."

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