Thursday, 6 July 2017

Stakeholders seek traffic management plan for Apapa/Wharf Road




Stakeholders seek traffic management plan for Apapa/Wharf Road
* Reconstruction to take off July 7

By Victor Gbonegun

  To forestall total collapse of business activities in Apapa as the
reconstruction works on the road begins July 7, stakeholders have
resolved that a meeting should be convened between traffic regulatory
agencies, Law enforcement agencies and the Lagos State Traffic
Management Authority (LASTMA), on July 3 to fashion out a traffic
management/diversion plan for the project.
  Rising from a meeting held at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works
and Housing complex in Lagos, they agreed that the  Federal Ministry
of Power, Works and Housing and the NPA should collaborate to repair
all bad portion of the diversion routes, including Tin Can Island
Road, Creek Road and Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, which will experience
heavy traffic.
  Presenting a communiqué at the end of the meeting, the Federal
Controller, Works, Lagos Godwin Eke and a Consultant of AG Dangote
Construction Company Limited, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, said: “We have all
resolve to ensure that parked trucks be removed from Apapa Wharf Road
for construction works to commence in phases on July 7; it will never
be a total closure of all the roads, but only on sections of the road
where work will be done”.
“That all stakeholders will corporate with any changes in time line of
traffic management which will be communicated to all parties by both
the NPA and the contractor through LASTMA, for effective traffic
diversions during the period. The stakeholders also resolved that
traffic management agencies would come up with a periodic traffic
management plan backed by security provided by the security agencies”,
they stated.
Those in attendance at the meeting  include;  representatives of the
Fuel distributor logistics, representatives of traffic regulatory and
management agencies, transport unions, Petroleum Products  Unions,
Port Terminal Operators and the Nigerian Port Authority,
telecommunication service providers, Apapa local authority,
representative of federal ministry of power, work and housing, AG
Dangote construction Company Ltd who will handle the reconstruction.
  According to the communiqué, the sole administrator of Apapa Local
Government, Mr. Luqman Alao would work with all traffic management
agencies, security agencies and the NPA to coordinate activities
between them and the military. Similar meeting has also been held with
utility and service providers in Apapa for clear understanding on
management of cables.
  The Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and
Housing on June 17, 2017 signed a N4.34Billion Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for the revamp of the Apapa/Wharf Road with the
stakeholders. The Project is funded by AG. Dangote Construction
Company Limited, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mill of
Nigeria.
The reconstruction work which is a concrete design is expected to be
delivered within One year.

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