NPA laments Apapa gridlock, meets FERMA today

Nigeria Ports AuthorityAS part of measures to tackle gridlock along ports’ access roads in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Western Port, will today meet with representatives of Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

The meeting is expected to workout modalities on “immediate palliative measures” to adopt in the interest of all stakeholders and the nation’s economy.

Inspecting some failed sections along the ports’ access roads on Wednesday, the General Manager, Western Port, Chief Michael Ajayi said the Federal Government is determined to find a lasting solution to the chaotic traffic situation along the axis.

He explained that today’s meeting would centre on would strategise to find a long lasting solutions to the road traffic challenge. Ajayi, who was recently appointed General Manager, Western Port, also visited port terminals to get fist hand information on their challenges and how to proffer solutions.

At the Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited, the Managing Director, Captain Muhammed Bashir appealed for urgent repairs of the access roads. At the Greenview Development Limited (GDNL), the Managing Director, Alhaji Abba Bukar, said no port could exist without trucks.

“We need to create a truck transit park for the trucks to park and leave the roads”. He added that “loaded trucks are seen parking on the roads, NPA should do something. Tin Can is overtaken by trucks and we can all see that the roads are bad. Trucks are falling on a daily basis.”

Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa Limited, Andrew Dawes informed the General Manager that his company has fully developed its terminal to global standards.

Going down memory lane on developments at the terminal since 2006, Dawes said his organisation now has all modern equipment in place. He said: “We operate the same standard all over the world.

“We have spent about $300 million as investment in the terminal. Everyone knew what this terminal was before we took over.We have turned it into a world class terminal”.

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