Mr Olalekan Taiwo, the chairman of Apapa branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), on Friday urged the Federal Government to repair the roads in Apapa, Lagos.
Taiwo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the gridlock in the area was as a result of the deplorable state of the roads among other factors.
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“For some time now, the traffic gridlock in Apapa is not only about these articulated vehicles and other trucks coming to either load fuel or bring things out from the ports or returning containers.
“Before now, I have tried to look at why we have traffic, not only in Apapa, but in Nigeria generally, and I have been able to come out with about three key issues.
“One, the issue of drivers, people who are not certified or who do not know how to drive or who don’t even know road signs.
“They get drivers licence, they are on the road; they are problems to themselves and to other road users.
“Secondly, bad roads; in the past we used to hear of pot-holes, but today maybe, trenches.
“This will result into snarl on the highways and of course, thirdly, the position of traffic wardens and their clusters in some parts of the road or highway is also a cause for concern.
“Looking at Apapa, bad road is a major challenge.
“ I will seize this opportunity to implore the present Minister of Works, Housing and Power, (Mr Babatunde Fashola) to put the roads in good condition.
“Then secondly, we should begin to use modern techniques for some of our operations.’’