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Strike Looms In Maritime Sector Over Apapa Traffic

The terrible traffic situation in Apapa might lead to a serious strike action, as some stakeholders, especially port users have resolved to protest against the frustrating situation in the area.

According to sources, the threat to embark on the strike action was informed by the need to draw the attention of the federal government  to the deplorable situation of things in Apapa, which has made it impossible for business to thrive since last one month.

“The traffic situation in Apapa is not strange to those of us who do business in Apapa. It has been there over the years. What is strange, however, is that in the last one month it has become woret. All the roads leading to Apapa are totally blocked. You cannot drive or enter public transport to Apapa and if you are in Apapa, you cannot easily come out. That is why we are mobilising our people. Once we are through, we shall embark on strike action to ginger the federal government  into action by addressing the root cause of the gridlock in Apapa,” a source who did not want his name in print said.

In the same vein, the umbrella body of freight forwarders in the country, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) said the country loses over N5 billion daily to the gridlock in Apapa.

ANLCA National Publicity Secretary, Kayode Farinto explained that the association would embark on an indefinite strike if government failed to immediately fix and relocate tank farms sited around the port area.

“The traffic gridlock along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Wharf Road, Marine Bridge, Ijora is so unbearable that it has become a nightmare coming and going out of Apapa. If nothing is done, we may have no other option than to withdraw our services from the ports in order to compel the federal government to live up to her constitutional responsibilities to the citizens,” he said.

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