Apapa Gridlock: Fashola Urges Importers To Leave Lagos Ports

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman (M); Senior Project Manager, AG Dangote, Paulo Cachadinha (R); and Project Manager, Ministry of Works, Mrs Kesha Olukorede (L) during a recent inspection of  the Wharf Apapa road under reconstruction

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has called on importers to utilize Warri and Calabar sea ports to decongest the current traffic challenge in Lagos, especially along the Apapa corridor.

Fashola, who made the call yesterday in Abuja while addressing newsmen, blamed the traffic challenge on the ongoing rehabilitation work on Apapa-Wharf road on cargo congestion.

He said the reduction of cargo movement through Lagos sea port would reduce traffic on the ever busy Apapa-Wharf road, currently being rehabilitated.

He explained that, “What we can do also is to perhaps, for now, move our cargo to other ports if the content is not to be delivered to Lagos.“If the content is to be delivered to the east, the Warri and Calabar ports are there, so, we have all of this access, let us also be very flexible about using them.

“Our appeal to importers is to also bear in mind that we are constructing a built up area, therefore, their flexibility will help us improve service delivery,” he said.

Fashola said the ministry was aware of the challenges faced by motorists as a result of the on-going project but called for patience.“Recently, we heard the licensed custom agents complaining about the same road, we hear you loud and clear, we have started work, so bear with us.

“The construction will cause some discomfort but at the end of the day, if we succeed with what we are doing now and what we plan to do, you will have a better experience this time next year,” he added.