Lagos Governor promises to clear Apapa gridlock

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says clearing the Apapa gridlock is work in progress as efforts are being made to decongest the area, which is a gateway into Nigeria by sea.

Sanwo-Olu stated this on Friday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He said that his administration was working to ensure that what was done was sustained.

He said his administration was engaging all the stakeholders, including the Nigeria Shippers’ Council, shipping lines and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and others, to find a lasting solution to the problem.

On security in Lagos State, the governor said it was something he attached much importance, pointing out that security was everybody’s business.

He said as governor, he had a major responsibility of protecting lives and property of ‘Lagosians’.

“So, it is work in progress and for me in particular, it is something that I take so seriously. We are not just mouthing it; we would ensure that we put resources; put in place strategies that can help; we have been talking about domesticating; it is part of the initiative-the security trust fund that we have done.

“We will continue to engage; continue to engage and identify what are the sources; what are underlying issues that bring about insecurity? Are they economic or more that? So, we can also attack the root cause.

“For us, as a government that is looking for investors; we certainly must continue to be in a position where we can give confidence to all our investors that it is a safe haven to come,’’ he said.

He said that Security Council meeting was paramount and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for convening it.

Losing weight
Governor Sanwo-Olu said governing Lagos state is not an easy task as he has lost weight in just one week of assuming office.

He said the experience and challenges of governing Lagos are real and not a tea party.

“It is not a tea party; you don’t sleep and wake up and the traffic has gone down; you don’t sleep and wake up and there is not rain-that you have resolved Apapa gridlock; its real.

“So, it is something that one has psychologically prepared for; the best thing you can do is to make sure that you are not about looking for what the other person did.

“It is for ‘Lagosians’ to see you do what you have said to them you are going to do and you don’t do from your office; you have to do it on the road; you have to do it where the issues are so that people will truly know the you mean business,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu added that it was also important to ensure that he has the right team of people that would also support him.


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