In May 2019, just before President Buhari began his second tenure in office, he gave an urgent directive for the removal of articulated trucks causing traffic gridlock in the Apapa area of Lagos. The trucks were cleared, but some months after the order, the trucks returned in higher numbers. All the access roads into Apapa have now been blocked by trailers and tankers.
Residents and business owners in the area recently lamented how life is becoming unbearable for them. The presence of the trucks has caused untold hardship and disruption of economic activities within the axis.
There are reports that the Task Force formed by the presidency and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to tackle the issue has been ineffective.
The whole issue is being blamed on the government’s inability to build efficient port infrastructure that would accommodate a garage for the trucks.