In an effort to find lasting solutions to the incessant gridlock that has made some companies to relocate from Apapa and life unbearable for residents, the premier port city of Nigeria will be hosting its first-ever economic summit.
The summit, which organized by the Apapa Local Government Area in conjunction with Apapa Development Initiative, is expected to be a gathering of all the stakeholders from both government and private sectors who will lead conversations on solutions to the traffic menace caused by bad roads and especially high volume of trucks that ply the roads to load imported goods at the wharf and tankers that load petroleum products at the farm tanks within Apapa.
To this end, the organisers noted that the summit, which holds under the theme: ‘Harnessing Opportunities for Economic Development and Sustainable Traffic Solutions’ is timely, especially now that road reconstruction work is about to begin and the needed collaboration between all agencies and stakeholders in fashioning out traffic management system that will complement the roads when completed.
Speaking at media parley held recently at the Apapa Local Government Secretariat, Owolabi Elijah Adele, chairman of the local government, noted that the summit is imperative because of the need to encourage business to stay in Apapa while wooing back those that relocated due to movement deadlock that resulted in huge human capital and economic losses.
The chairman, who said that Apapa people are suffering in the midst of plenty, further noted that the local government has lost a huge percent of its internally generated revenue due to the traffic situation, while also impacting on the health o the residents.
Adele also pointed some palliative measures for the traffic, which he put in place since assuming office, especially discovering and working with security operatives at the 20 traffic flashpoints in Apapa, working with port operators on enforcing efficient Terminal Delivery Order (TDI), encouraging shift system among others.
The two-day summit, which will hold from November 21-22, 2017 at Rockview Hotel, Apapa, would feature over 20 notable guest speakers including; Hadiza Usman, managing director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hassan Bello, executive secretary, Nigeria Shippers Council, Olukayode Pitan, managing director, Bank of Industry, Taiwo Afolabi, executive vice chairman, Sifax Group, among others.
Also speaking at the media parley, Mike Egbayelo, CEO, Apapa Development Initiative, noted that the summit, which is expected to e graced by Akninwunmi Ambode, governor Lagos State and his wife, will also feature a communique that will be presented to the government and will also serve as a case study especially for research students from University of Lagos and Pan Atlantic University who will be present at the summit.