NPA Wants State of Emergency Declared to Tackle Apapa Traffic Crisis

Following the failure to resolve the endemic Apapa traffic gridlock after several attempts, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency to resolve the situation.

This is just as it dismissed insinuations that the traffic congestion in Apapa is the result of lack of capacity of terminals at the ports to receive the volume of cargo that comes into the country, stating that things have gotten worse in the area since 2017 when the country received the lowest volume of cargo in recent times.

Speaking to newspaper editors in Lagos Saturday, Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman explained that with the current state of the roads, priority must be given to every process that would lead to an improvement in access roads into the ports.

According to her, “If we have identified the Port Access Road in Apapa and Oshodi all the way to the toll gate as bad portions and we realise how much they affect access to the ports, businesses and residents around the Apapa area and ultimately the economy of the nation, it means that we must give emergency attention to every process involved.


Air Peace inaugurates Monrovia, Abuja-Accra services August 6

Nigerian Carrier, Air Peace, has announced plans to expand its regional operations with flights from Lagos and Abuja to Monrovia and from Abuja to Accra from Aug. 6.

The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, on Wednesday in Lagos.

Iwarah said that the airline would fly from Lagos and Abuja to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia and from Abuja to Kotoka International Airport, Accra from that date.

He said the development was coming days after the airline secured the renewal of its International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.

According to Iwarah, the new routes are part of the third phase of the carrier’s network expansion project on the West Coast of Africa, adding that it would also connect Accra and Monrovia.

“We are pleased to announce that Monrovia, Liberia and Abuja-Accra will be joining our route network on Aug. 6.


Lagosians Groans As Truck Block Entire Stretch of apapa-Oshodi Expressway

Lagos residents are calling on the State and Federal Government to beef up measures in solving the problem of constant gridlock on the entire stretch of the Apapa Oshodi Expressway.

Motorists and commuters who ply Apapa Oshodi Expressway are lamenting, blaming the gridlock on trucks, which they said have taken over the entire six lanes of the highway stretching beyond the Isolo area.

The gridlock increased in the last 48hours when trucks parked on the main Expressway, leaving commuters to struggle through the service lane. The situation has led to the breakdown of law and order as commercial bus drivers have resorted to taking one-way.

“The vehicles formed long queues that extended from Mile 2 down to Toyota Bus Stop. I left my office, 6:45 p.m. and didn’t get home until 2:00 a.m.,” a resident of Festac Town who uses the road daily told Channels Television on Wednesday.

FG to Close Third Mainland Bridge for Repairs

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, said on Tuesday that consultations had begun for the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs.

Kuti said that the ministry of works was going to hold a meeting with stakeholders tomorrow to discuss how to manage traffic during the repairs.

He, however, did not specify the exact date the bridge would be closed to traffic or how long the repairs would last.

According to him, stakeholders attending the meeting to discuss the repairs include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners and drivers’ unions, law enforcement agents, among others.

“The Federal Executive Council has approved the maintenance work on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.

“The project has taken off already and in carrying out the work, we may at certain times be shutting down the bridge for maintenance.

“At the moment we may begin with tests on the bridge, so, we may shut it by 12 midnight on Thursday and carry out tests and some repairs and open it to traffic by midnight on Sunday.’’


Nigerian FG Has Awarded us $6.6 billion Rail Project – Chinese firm

The China Railway Construction Co. (CRCC) has announced that Nigeria has contracted it to work on a rail line that connects Lagos and Kano.

The project, which is scheduled to be delivered within 48 months, will cost $6.681 billion.

In a press bulletin Thursday, CRCC said the project will contain feeders from Osogbo to Ado-Ekiti.

The project’s main line is the Ibadan to Kaduna segment, which is 616.14km in length. New double-track and single-track rail lines will also be built along the routes with a spur section that is 80.88km long. The rail line’s speed, according to the CRCC bulletin, will be 150km/h.

Low interest loans from the Chinese government are expected to help Nigeria facilitate the financing of the project.


How Gokada, Nigeria’s ‘uber for Motorcycle taxi’ is helping Lagosians skip traffic

Traffic is a major challenge in cities like Lagos. People waste up to 3 hours in Traffic daily. Gokada, a startup that can be referred to as “Uber for Motorcycle Taxis” is helping Lagosians beat traffic and as a result save their valuable time.

Gokada is an on-demand motorbike hailing service focused on changing the face of transportation in Nigeria by leveraging technology to connect users to the nearest motorbikes within their area thereby helping them move smartly and beat traffic.

Gokada started operations in Yaba Axis of Lagos state and has extended their operations to Victoria Island – Lekki Axis.


Road Construction: Lagos State Govt pays #11.85bn Compensation

Lagos State Lands Bureau on Tuesday said that over N11.85 billion has been approved as compensation for property and owners affected by the alignment and right of way for construction, reconstruction and dualisation of roads.

Special adviser to Gov. Ambode on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabule disclosed this to newsmen at the ministerial briefing to mark the governor’s third year in office earlier in the week.