By Danladi Al-Hassan
The Presidential Taskforce on Apapa gridlock has been given additional two weeks to complete its assignment by the Federal Government.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Friday, said members of the taskforce and other stakeholders had requested the extension.
He said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who is head of the taskforce, approved the extension at a meeting at the presidential villa earlier in the week.
President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a directive for the clearing up of the gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within two weeks.
The taskforce, which commenced its assignment on May 24 is now expected to present a formal report at the end of its extended mandate on June 24.
“We will extend the tenure of the taskforce by two weeks and we must all work together to be able to resolve all the issues raised here today,” the vice-president said.
“It will take both medium and long term solutions to ultimately enable us present to the users an efficient port environment for the economy and businesses to thrive.
“We will not allow any interests to undermine our nation’s economy.”
The vice-president directed the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders to expedite action on the opening of additional truck parks and parking bays around Lagos as well as the commencement of the electronic call-up system at the port.