During a special operation on Friday, December 22, 2023, the Lagos State Government released trucks that had been impounded by the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA). Because the trucks obstructed traffic on the Cele-Apapa/Tincan axis, they were seized. This occurred just a day after the state’s enforcement team seized over 60 illegally parked containerized trucks along the inward port access road of Cele, Mile-2, and Apapa Oshodi Expressway during a midnight operation. 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, issued an order releasing the impounded trucks after a positive meeting with truck associations, according to a statement signed by Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation.

Enforcement to continue

He did, however, issue a warning, saying that should the need arise, the State government would still use its power to compel compliance and tow away violating trucks.

According to the Commissioner, the action is in line with the larger goal of creating a functional transportation system that benefits both businesses and citizens, and it further demonstrates the government’s dedication to working with stakeholders to manage traffic in the state.

What you should know

  • Recall that in December 20, the Lagos State Government ordered all tankers and trailers to immediately vacate the Cele Bus Stop Inward Tin Can Port axis, along the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and stop indiscriminate parking along that axis.
  • The Special Adviser on Transportation to the Lagos State Governor, Sola Giwa, who announced this, said that the directive is a decisive move to address the ongoing congestion and alleviate the challenges faced by commuters along the axis.
  • The Lagos State Government enforcement team, led by LASTMA, in a midnight operation, impounded over 60 illegally parked containerized trucks along Cele, Mile-2, Apapa Oshodi Expressway, and the inward port access road.
  • The team was led by LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Olalekan Bakare-Oki, and Director of Operations, Mr. Peter Gbejemede.
  • Peter stated that the operation, in conjunction with relevant security agencies, was to ensure seamless traffic for motorists and residents during and after the festive period.