But for the pro-active response of government agencies tasked to ensure traffic sanity at Apapa in Lagos, Port operators and stakeholders who stormed Apapa on Thursday for daily business activities would have seen hell, following a 3.00 am accident when a 40ft container laden truck upturned on Marine Bridge by Total outbound Apapa, while trying to make a u-turn.
A staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority who spoke on conditions of anonymity, blaming the recklessness of truck drivers, said he actually saw hell.
The Maritime First observed that following the gridlock that quickly built up, even some of those caged in by traffic and who would prefer to go back home, could not.
The development which created real panics as the security agencies saddled with the task of ensuring a smooth flow of traffic arrived, only to find that the container had totally blocked the entire outbound lanes, inward Ijora and Iganmu, causing a serious backlog which by then, had extended to Point road and quickly rushing towards the Port.
The consequences, if something urgent or drastic was not done, could be severe. Specifically, both the Apapa and Tin Can Port Truck movement activities were already being halted, hence the urgent need for recovery. (See video).
The Lagos Rescue Unit LRU Recovery team alerted; and on its arrival, it met on ground, the Police, the Presidential Task Team (PTT) and a team of the LASTMA on the ground. Synergy came to the fore and by 9.00 am, the container was lifted, off the road.
Ironically, while the Government agencies were preoccupied with the task at hand, words filtered in, that another truck, which was also loaded with a 40ft container was equally stucked in a flooded portion on Creek Road, by Warehouse Road, tipping dangerously, preparatory to ‘illegally’ offloading its cargo; and blocking the Liverpool Bridge, outward Tin Can Port, Apapa.
Again, the LRU raced there. But, even as they arrived at the scene, many of those who were in Apapa knew their day would be hectic!
Kudos to all the security agencies who went the extra mile to ensure sanity. Kudos, Presidential Task Team. It would have been far more terrible than imagined.