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Apapa Road : Senate Committee Meet Stakeholders

The Senate Committee on Marine Transport yesterday visited the Lagos Port Complex and the Tin-Can Island ports to access the impact of the gridlock on the roads leading to the ports.

Led by its Chairman and former Zamfara State Governor, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, the committee arrived the Lagos Port Complex at 10.59am.

The lawmakers experienced the gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway as they approached the Tin-Can port.

Their convoy drove against traffic from the Liverpool Under Bridge to access the port.

After passing through the second gate, the vehicles were stuck amidst container-laden trucks.

The lawmakers alighted to access the failed sections of the road.

Addressing reporters and other stakeholders at a forum by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Yerima  said the ongoing construction work at the 500-truck capacity holding bay in front of the Tin-Can port, was put on hold because  the Federal Government owed the contractor N1.5 billion..

The chairman noted that, though, work at the site was about 95 per cent completed, the contractor pulled out because he was yet to be mobilised by the government.

He promised that the Federal Government was making efforts to pay up so that work would resume.

“We have seen the situation on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. While we were on the tour, Senator Kabiru Gaya, called the Ministry of Works. He was told that construction work at the Holding Bay at Tin-Can Island was 95 per cent completed. He was also told that the contractor is being owed N1.5 billion.

“If the money is paid, work would resume and all these trucks will have no cause to continue to park on the road.

“The park at Tin Can Island is still under construction. That is why you did not see trucks there,” Yerima added.

The Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, the Acting Director-General of NIMASA Pastor Haruna Jauro, Executive Secretary of Shippers Council Hassan Bello and other stakeholders identified lack of rail system, indiscriminate licencing of tank farms, lack of holding bays, non-usage of barges, unorthodox behaviour of truck drivers and other factors are responsible for the gridlock.

 

Source: The Nation Nigeria

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