By Ambrose Okehi
Notwithstanding series of palliative measures put in place by the Lagos State Government as well as the Federal Government’s moves aimed at bringing a lasting solution to the heavy and problematic traffic jam always encounter by users of the road while plying the Apapa Oshodi Expressway, which are very far from getting this problem solved, an expert who is pessimistic over the issue still believe that there must be a way out.
He is no other person than Alhaji Ibrahim Inuwa.
The Alhaji, as an expert in logistic manager and haulage consultant whose company, Gee Gee Global is into transportation business sincerely believe that if the federal government will build or compel shipping companies to build their own
holding bays, that the traffic snare along Apapa Osodi Expressway will be a thing of the past.
According to Alhaji Inuwa, ”I want to assure you that once there there is holding bays, the traffic will end. I want to tell you that because from the holding bays, that is where the shipping companies will have control over what happens to their containers.”
Inuwa, who is also the vice chairman Dry Cargo Section of Lagos State branch of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), in an interview with this reporter on Thursday said that though government had tried many ways to end this problem including using the empty spaces at private Bonded Terminals, which at the moment is not really making any impact, pleading that it (government) should not relent finding solution to this Apapa Oshodi Expressway gridlock but rather continue in its efforts.
He continued: ”What I mean is that will be able to prepare a list of containers and monitor the movement of every container that comes in and goes out.
”The shipping companies or the terminal operators of this trucks, either coming locally or off country and because they don’t have tracking device and that is why there are these problems.”
Speaking on why the port concession nor the concessionniares themselves could not provide space for holding bays, Alhaji Inuwa said,it share greed.
”Well, I want to tell you that it is out of greediness. Because right from the time of concession, I remember.