By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Worried by the persistent level of gridlock within Apapa and Tin Can ports, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), has demanded that Federal Government converts Signal Barrack in Mile 2, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, to truck terminal.
They added that the conversion would reduce the stress their members were often subjected to while trying to access the ports in Lagos State.
Speaking on behalf of the association, Remi Ogungbemi, the President, lamented that the infrastructure at the ports cannot accommodate the volume of trucks aiming to access it.
Ogungbemi stressed that deploying hundreds of military personnels to the axis cannot solve the gridlock that had constantly crippled commercial activities within the axis, saying, what we see is the issue that would often arise.
“I remember that 30 year ago, when one visit Apapa, he cannot find any truck on the road. There were designated places where these trucks park. But today, these places have been converted to other uses. We want sanity and orderliness.
“We are not saying that the Federal Government should provide space for all trucks to park but for those that are visiting Apapa, we can provide terminals for them.
“For instance, in Mile 2, there are vast lands available within that axis that can accommodate minimum of 1,000 trucks. We suggest that Government acquire suck property and convert it to terminal for the trucks. And they will only come out when their services are needed.
“Thank God, we are not fighting any war. And in Lagos we have military Barracks everywhere. I will advise that they are converted to truck terminals. For instance the Signal Barrack in Mile 2 can be converted for this purpose. Lets remove some of these barracks,” he added.