The federal government of Nigeria has given the presidential taskforce on Apapa gridlock two more weeks to complete its assignment.
In a statement on Friday, Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the vice-president on media and publicity, said members of the taskforce and other stakeholders had requested for 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.
The taskforce, which commenced its assignment on May 24 is now expected to present a formal report on the Apapa gridlock 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.
It will be recalled that Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to end the Apapa gridlock within 60 days in office.