The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to decongest the Apapa port in Lagos State, revamp local refineries, create new dry ports and seaports and relocate tank farms to stop the incessant Apapa gridlock.
The lawmakers made the recommendations at the plenary on Wednesday when they debated a motion on the Apapa gridlock.
A member, Mr Adewale Egberongbe, had moved a motion entitled, “Need to Address the Perennial Traffic Gridlock in Apapa,” which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.
Granting prayers of the motion, the House urged all stakeholders, especially the leadership of the truck owners and drivers association to comply with the directives of the presidential task force in its efforts towards easing the gridlock.
The lawmakers also urged the Nigeria Customs Service to reintroduce the electronic cargo tracking machines and modern scanners to ease cargo movement at the ports to decongest the Apapa port.
Also, they asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to “rejuvenate the domestic refineries, invest in new ones and relocate the tank farms from Apapa to other areas.”
The chamber equally urged the Federal Ministry of Transportation to “ensure that alternative means of transporting goods, such as railway and waterway, are given urgent attention to assist in the movement of goods in and out of the port, and ensure that palliative measures are carried out on the dilapidated road linking the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway and the Tin Can and Coconut axis.”
In addition, the lawmakers mandated the soon-to-be-constituted Committee on Land Transport to ensure compliance with the resolutions.