The Federal Road Safety Corps Sector Commander Lagos State, Mr Hyginus Omeje, has said that the traffic holdup around Apapa Port may remain for a while.
Omege made this disclosure on Saturday while accessing the challenges facing the corps in managing the recurrent traffic congestion in the area.
He said that his men were hands tied to implement traffic regulations that could lead to arrest and prosecution of truck drivers who default.
He bewailed that most of the tankers and trucks were owned by some ‘powerful Nigerians’ who often used security operatives to escort the vehicles to the loading points and don’t mind violating traffic laws with impunity.
“My officers often try to enforce arrest and subsequent prosecution, but the culprits mostly go free after one influential person calls from Abuja, demanding for the release of the impounded vehicles.
“This is a daily occurrence that has been impeding the operations of the FRSC in tackling the Wharf access road crisis.
“How do you expect the gridlock to disappear when one cannot enforce traffic regulations and some people who feel that their vehicles cannot be on the queue transgress the law with impunity?” Omeje quizzed.
According to Omeje, the government needs a strong political will to curtail the excesses of truck drivers and these so called ‘powerful Nigerians’.
He added that every truck or tanker on the road had one powerful Nigerian behind it.
“If regulations and prosecution were to be implemented, the crisis will not have gotten to this life-threatening state where drivers and motor boys die while waiting to load or drop off containers at the port,’’ he said.