Apapa Seaport: Truck drivers protest alleged disregard for traffic guidelines

Compliance to the executive order on the evacuation of trucks from the Lagos seaport area is proving difficult.

TVC News findings reveal that some operators are disregarding traffic guidelines to access the seaports through the Lilypond transit park, a development that could jeopardise efforts to sanitize the port environment.

Tvc News Correspondent, Ifunanya Eze reports that the Lilypond transit truck park, a child of necessity, was created in response to the presidential order on the immediate de-congestion of the Lagos seaport corridor, to serve as a transit park for trucks pending when they are called to the port through a manual call-up system.

The guidelines stipulate that only trucks with perishable items, flatbeds and sidebeds are allowed free access because of the nature of cargo they carry.

Truck drivers are getting agitated, and there are fears that they may resort to lawlessness if these issues are not addressed quickly. The need for strict enforcement of the rules of engagement is being underscored.

The problem of recurring extortion remain a troubling matter around the seaport area, an issue the presidential task team needs to guard against, if it expects to make any headway in establishing order around the seaport.

It appears enforcing the Apapa truck evacuation order seems to be more challenging than anticipated by the Presidential Taskforce.

TVC News crew observed that a long queue of trucks and trailers are back on the Ijora Bridge barely 24 hours after the taskforce claimed it had taken them out of the roads.