Following the heavy traffic gridlock experienced by motorists along the Apapa roads and environs, the Lagos state government has given drivers of tankers, trucks and articulated vehicles 48 hours to remove their vehicles from the roads.
Also affected by this ultimatum are tankers parked 300 meters away from the depots.
Kayode Opeifa, the state Commissioner for Transportation who gave the ultimatum at the end of a meeting held at Alausa on Wednesday, urged drivers to comply with the directive immediately so as not to attract the full force of the law.
The meeting, organised by the state Ministry of Transportation, was attended by the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, depot owners, police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Vehicle Inspection Officers, Federal Road Safety Commission, and officials of Apapa local council.
Mr. Opeifa noted that residents of Apapa have in the past week been deprived access to their properties, forcing some of them to move to hotels.
He said the government was making the passionate appeal in view of the non-availability of petroleum product.
He said the law enforcement agencies have been mandated to start full enforcement of the law against indiscriminate parking of trucks on the roads and bridges from Sunday.
The executive secretary of Apapa local council, Bolaji Dada, also appealed to the Nigeria Navy to remove the roadblocks along the marine bridge in order to allow residents use the road in the interim.