Speakers at the just concluded Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria, MAJAN, have called on the federal government to find lasting solution to the problem of Apapa Gridlock using technology and other available means.
According to them, the deployment of technology such as the electronic call system of the Nigerian Ports Authority will assist in cunning the menace of the Apapa gridlock.
Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, Editor-in-Chief of Powerful Pen Newspaper in his opening remarks described the event as epoch-making..
He said, “It is epoch-making in the sense that this is the first time a group of maritime journalists has brought together stakeholders with a view to finding lasting solutions to a common nagging problem to the industry”.
The event which had as its theme : ” Apapa Perennial Traffic Gridlock: Has it defiled solutions” ? was discussed extensively by guests and professionals in the maritime sector.
Key speakers and personalities at the event included Mr.Adeleye Ajayi; Chiarman Nigeria Union of Journalists (NIJ) Lagos State Council, Chief Eugene Nweke; former President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Pius Ujubonu, Co-Chairman and a member of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA): Akin Osinowo; Deputy Director, Operations, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr. Kingsley Ukabiala; Representative of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA).
Others are, Mr Francis Omotosho; Registrar, NAGAFF Academy, Mr. Dipo Olayoku; National Secretary, NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Okoye; Managing Director,Stage Bontex, Mr. Tunde Olalere, Secretary NUJ Lagos State Council, Mrs. Iyabo Ogunjuyigbe; Treasurer, Lagos State Council and Olayide Awosanya; EX-Officio, Lagos State Council.
Ajayi who suggested that there should be three modes of transportation, maintained that cargoes could be moved by barges.
According to him, the launch of the electronic call- up system will soon make the gridlock a thing of the past.
Ajayi also suggested that shipping companies and terminal operators should expedite action in constructing functional holding bays for empty containers.
The NUJ Chairman also urged government to endeavour to constitute a team of experts to proffer genuine lasting solutions to the gridlock.
The maiden maritime summit organized by the powerful Pen Media, Publishers of Powerful. Newspapers and an arm of the Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), held at the Rockview Hotel in Apapa, Lagos on Wednesday
The well attended summit brought together maritime journalists as well as individuals from all walks of life.
Meanwhile, participants at the event also called on the Federal government of Nigeria to implement the recommendations reeled out at the occasion,saying that traffic gridlock will become a thing of the past as normalcy will be restored to the Apapa axis of Lagos State.