Apapa Gridlock: Truckers urge FG to extend tenure of Presidential Task Team

Posted by Eromosele Abiodun | 8 June 2019 | 559 times

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•Typical Apapa Gridlock before the intervention of the Presidential Task Team

Truck and tanker drivers in Apapa, Lagos, have pleaded with the
federal government to immediately extend the tenure of the
Presidential Task Team set up two weeks ago to remove trucks from port
access roads and restore sanity, warning that not doing so would
worsen the situation.

General Coordinator, Council of Maritime Truck Unions Association
(COMTUA), and General Manager Operations, Nigerian Association of Road
Transport Owners (NARTO), Steven Okafor made the call on behalf of his
colleagues at a joint press conference with the Task Team and other
stakeholders at the port.

He said, “I want to use this opportunity to thank the federal
government and the Task Team for the wonderful job they have done so
far. We are not on the payroll of any government; we are private
sector operators, so we say things the way they are. If they are not
telling the press the truth, then we will tell you the truth. “We were
the ones who petitioned the former task force because of the huge
extortion. Our happiness today is that the government has involved the
unions in the task team, which never happened before; we are glad and
will continue to give the government kudos.

“We cannot compare what the task team achieved in two weeks to any
effort put in place in the last few years. We are requesting that the
task team’s tenure be extended so that they can completely sanitise
the system. Without that, we will go back to where we were or even
worse, we need to stabilise what we have now and sustain what they
have achieved. Government should please help us and make sure that
they extend their tenure.”

Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Presidential Task Team and former
Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, Mr. Kayode Opeifa stated
that the team had achieve the goals set out in its terms of reference
outlined by the government when it was set up two weeks ago. (THISDAY)

Source: News Express

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