Osinbajo says FG resolving Apapa gridlock

Apapa gridlock

The Federal Government on Tuesday assured stakeholders that it was currently collaborating with the private sector to resolve the gridlock that is crippling economic activities in Apapa, Lagos.

L-R: Vice President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje; Deputy President, LCCI, Mr. Knut Ulvmoen; Deputy President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase; President, LCCI, Dr. Nike Akande and Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo during a courtesy visit by the LCCI team to the State House, Abuja

L-R: Vice President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje; Deputy President, LCCI, Mr. Knut Ulvmoen; Deputy President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase; President, LCCI, Dr. Nike Akande and Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo during a courtesy visit by the LCCI team to the State House, Abuja

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in the Vice-President’s office.

Akande quotes Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as giving the assurance while receiving a delegation from the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The VP said the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration, in line with its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, would constantly formulate and implement policies that would drive socio-economic growth and prosperity of the nation.

“I think that no one is in doubt that we have very great policies and we will ensure that these things are implemented and are done as faithfully as possible,” Osinbajo said.

The Vice President was also quoted as saying that the private sector in Nigeria would continue to play a prominent role in the economic programmes and initiatives of the administration.

He underscored the significance of private sector investment in the economy, adding that collaboration between the Federal Government and the private sector would further boost the country’s economic progress.

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“If you look at our economic programmes and several other initiatives, the private sector plays a prominent role in them, and that is how it should be.

“So there is no question that the roles the LCCI and private sector play are critical to the kind of development policies and plan that we have in this government.”

The Vice President commended the LCCI for its Presidential Policy Dialogues on the economy, which he noted has helped in shaping some initiatives and policies of the government.

The Renaissance recalls that Osinbajo had in November 2017 remarked that several man-hours are lost daily as a result of delays in the movement of goods and persons along the route due to bad roads.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, monitoring arial view of the Apapa gridlock

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, monitoring aerial view of the Apapa gridlock

Speaking at the Quarterly Business Forum on Agriculture, Agribusiness, and the Agro-allied value chain in Abuja, the Vice President raised hope of an improvement in the near future.

Apart from meetings with important business operators at the port, including Nigerian Flour Mills, Dangote and BUA Group, the VP said the government also met with the Nigerian Navy, Police, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Lagos State Government, all federal agencies and concessionaires to discuss how the problem could be solved.

He said at the last meeting, a number of initiatives were agreed on to bring the situation under control.

“There is a major problem there, but everyone has agreed on what to do, and there is a plan which we are executing. Nothing would happen overnight, but we have a good plan that will make it work,” Osinbajo said.

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