02 July 2015, Lagos—After two days of absence, tanker drivers have returned to the ever busy Oshodi-Apapa highway with the resultant traffic gridlock.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode last week directed tanker drivers to vacate the Oshodi Apapa Expressway, when he led top officials of the state government and security agencies on an on the spot assessment of major traffic points in the area.
Ambode also announced the immediate setting up of a special enforcement taskforce to ensure 24 hours surveillance of traffic flow, while stressing that the Lagos Road Traffic Law should strictly be enforced to the latter.
As at 4 pm yesterday, the tankers gradually started building up from Coconut end of the road to Mile 2 Bridge virtually taking over the road without any law enforcement agent in sight to keep them in check
Meantime, effort to reach the chairman of the Lagos State Special Taskforce on Environmental Offences as well as General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, was unsuccessful at press time, as the phone lines were unavailable.
However, a senior official of LASTMA who spoke with Vanguard on the ground of anonymity, assured that the taskforce would rise up to the occasion by enforcing the governor’s directive.
According to him, “We have enough enforcement material to deal with the situation and every violator(s) will be dealt with accordingly.
“Already, we have over 50 tankers in our custody which were impounded on the first day of enforcement last weekend. And I want to assure that the exercise is on-going.”
However, the Public Relations Officer, South West of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association, PTD, Mr. Tayo Aboyeji, denied the report that tankers were back on the road.