Apapa Gridlock: Presidential Task Team Releases Guidelines

The Presidential task team set up by President Muhammadu Buhari on the restoration of normalcy to Apapa and its environs has released its guidelines for smooth operations.

Recall that last week, President Buhari ordered that the Apapa Gridlock should be cleared in 2 weeks and ordered that trucks and tankers should leave the road in 72 hours.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was appointed head of the Presidential Task team with the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA), Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), FRSC, the Nigerian Police given the responsibility of clearing the vehicles and maintaining law and order during the period.

Former Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa an experienced hand in traffic management, amongst others was appointed to work alongside Vice President Osinbajo.

In a statement released by the Presidencyon Sunday, the Presidential Task Team released guidelines that will ensure a resolution of the traffic gridlock and give the residents of Apapa and environs a new lease of life.

See guidelines below;

All trucks approaching the ports are to:

1. Be staged at the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) accredited temporary Truck Parks for Port access via Lilypond Terminal

2. Trucks to access Port via manual NPA Call-up system as per NPA Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Port Truck Clearance Procedure.
The Task Team Enforcement Team will ensure ALL Stationary, Immovable, Accidented, Incidented or wrongfully Parked Trucks are removed on all port access roads with effect from SUNDAY 26th MAY, 2019 to a designated LASTMA impound yard.

Penalty Fines, Fees and Charges are to be imposed before release as per applicable Lagos State Laws after undertaking by
Truck and consignment owner, RWC of Truck and a Presidential consent.

Sided, Reefer, Silos, Arewa, Dangote, BUA, FMNL, Honeywell, Fish and
Flat bed trucks approaching Port gate are to be given Priority Access
based on their individual Port Terminal program, capacity and common
access traffic management system.

All export-container carrying trucks:

i. If perishable and Reefer containers; are to proceed directly to the port for services and delivery.

ii. If customer’s clearance is required; trucks are to approach NPA-designated Park for Customs clearance/release.

i. Supervision & Direction: TASK Team
ii. Security & Enforcement Supervision: Nigeria Police Force
iii. Traffic Mgt: Lagos State Government, Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA).
iv. Traffic Safety: Federal Road Safety Corps, LASG
v. Ownership: NPA, NSC, LASG
vi. Support & Cooperation: ALL Stakeholders


i. Task Team Leader:
Comrade Kayode Opeifa

ii. ALL Enforcement Lead:
Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu

iii. Police Team Lead:
AC Bayo Suleiman

iv. Traffic Management Lead:
AD Bolaji Oreagba

v. Traffic Safety Lead:
Sector commander Higinus Omeje

vi. Call-Up Systems Operations; (NPA)

vii. Port Gate Operations

viii. Lilypond Terminal Operations

  1. ix. Temporary Truck Parks Management
    NPA/NSC/Task Team



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