FG Promises More Sea Ports -Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would build more sea ports across the country, to decongest the gridlock in and out of the Apapa ports.
Osinbajo stated this on Thursday shortly after the inspection of the Lilipond Transit Truck Park, Creek Road and other network of roads leading to the Apapa Port.
“We need to understand that this is a port that was designed to take 34 million metric tonnes daily but it is currently taking over 80 million metric tonnes.
“With this, it is obvious that there is need to find alternative quickly and to expand, where that is possible”, he said.
Osinbajo who was accompanied by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, among others, stated that “The Lekki Port is an ongoing project which will be a great help when completed because it will support the Apapa and Tin Can ports.
“Also, we are dredging the Warri Port which is aimed to decongest the traffic into and out of the Apapa and Tin Can ports.”
The vice president assured that the Federal Government would continue to implement short and long term measures to ensure long lasting solution to the gridlock in the Apapa area of Lagos State and its environs.
“You will see that the entry route to the port has been cleared. So, we need to understand that there are short term and mid-to-long term solutions.
“One of the mid-to-long term measures is to decongest the cargo traffic coming into the port,” he said.
Osinbajo also said that the FederalGovernment was set to improve infrastructure and callup system for trucks and the ports while working on harnessing opportunities of the intermodal transport system.
“Also, the Lagos-Kano rail is also starting from the Apapa ports. So, we expect that we should be able to get cargo out of the Apapa Port using the rail than take cargo out of the port using the hinterlands and some are using badges at the moment.
“So, I can tell you that there are different approaches toward getting better movement in and out of Apapa.
“The other thing is the clearing of the trailers and tankers on the road so that there can be easy access to the port and you will see that there is considerable improvement within the axis.
“The Mile 2 end is the axis where we think that there is difficulty but we think that in the next couple of days, it will be resolved especially with the opening of the Tin Can Island trailer parks and the palliative work that is ongoing all the way to Mile 2,” he said
The Vice President expressed satisfaction over the work carried out by the Presidential task force vested with the responsibility of decongesting the truck-laden roads where residents spend all days grounded.
Recall that in May, a presidential task force was constituted to clear the Apapa road of articulated vehicles which had locked down the road, causing residents and commuters in the axis untold hardship.