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Ambode to build 1000-truck park in Orile-Iganmu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, brainstormed with tank farm owners in Apapa on how to resolve the perennial traffic gridlock in the commercial area of the city.

Governor Ambode thereafter promised to expand the Truck Park in Orile-Iganmu to accommodate 1,000 trucks.

The governor, at the interactive session with operators and others stakeholders in the petroleum storage sub-sector, at Lagos House, Ikeja, said the state government was ready to embark on the project with inputs from the tank owners.

He added, “If the tankers must come every day into Lagos, we must have a location for them but not on the bridge. As an immediate solution, I will continue to use my task force to clean up the bridge; and also immediately look at my truck park at Orile and expand it from 350 to 1,000 (capacity).”

“So, for us to be able to accommodate you, you must come to the middle of the table. You cannot fold your arms and say that it does not concern you. I am giving up the security and safety of Lagosians by accommodating 57 tank farms and giving up the safety and peace of Lagosians by allowing over 1,000 trucks to enter Lagos every day.

“It is very clear that tank farm owners do not want to take responsibility for what is happening in the Apapa gridlock. It is very clear also that if we are to start to think in the manner in which these presentations have been made, we would say ‘to get everybody off the bridge, there should be no tanker driver that should enter Lagos except he is cleared by the tank farm owners or maybe, we find a ticketing system to control them,” he said.