OrderPaperToday- Senate has called on Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to implement minimum standards for articulated vehicles imported into Nigeria to ensure that they meet importation standards.

This followed consideration of the report of Senate Committee on Marine Transport at plenary on Wednesday in respect of Apapa Ports Gridlock, majorly caused by articulated vehicles.

The lawmakers also requested Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Works, to develop a master plan for inter-modal transportation system to reduce traffic gridlocks on the roads, particularly in Lagos.

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They also urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to expedite action on the repair of pipelines that transfer petroleum products from Lagos to other parts of the country.

The DPR and NPA were equally asked to, as a matter of urgency; relocate tank farms to other sites in the country including Lekki, Ikorodu, Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar, to decongest Apapa and Tin Can ports.

Committee Chairman, Sen. Ahmed Sani (Zamfara West), while presenting the report, expressed concern that the logjam in Apapa had serious consequences on economic activities in the area.

He noted that the Apapa Port terminals formed vital part of the nation’s inter- modal transportation chain, adding that “this requires urgent attention from relevant stakeholders.’’

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki said that the National Assembly would ensure that the discomfort caused by the continuous gridlock in the country, particularly in Lagos was tackled.

Saraki urged the Ministry of Works to do everything within its mandate to find a lasting solution to problem.

He said, “we do hope that these areas that need urgent attention are given priority to ensure that our ports are decongested”.

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