Members of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have added their voice to the perennial traffic gridlock on road leading to the ports in Apapa and Tin Can Island.
Acknowledging that the boar indeed the NPA was aware of the problems being experienced by terminal operators, port users and the general public as a result of the traffic gridlock, the board assured that it would continue to identify with all efforts to find lasting solution to the problem.
The chairman of the NPA Board; Chief Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye gave the assurance while speaking at the end of the tour of the terminals within the western axis, consisting of Lagos Port Complex and Tin Can Island Port.
According to the Board chairman, the management of NPA is aware of the challenges faced by terminal operators and port users in assessing the port due to the gridlock. He assured that the NPA is working in synergy with other government agencies such as the Federal Ministry of Power, Work and Housing (FMWH) in cushioning the pressure on the roads leading to the port, with the rejuvenation of rail lines in the Port, the call- up system as well as expanding the Port access roads.
“The board is conscious that badges are currently being used to transfer cargoes from Tincan and Apapa Ports to Ikorodu and Kirikiri Lighter Terminals”, he said, even as he added this has drastically reduced the clog on the wheel of progress on the lane to greater service delivery at the nation’s seaports.
The NPA Board Chairman stated that on completion, the Lekki Deep sea Port which is a product of Private Public Partnership and great collaboration would help in the efficient movement of Cargo and expressed the strong hope that the Port would be a reference point within the Gulf of Guinea.
Earlier, the Port Manager Tincan Island Port Complex (TCIP) Engineer Emmanuel Akporherhe, while welcoming the Board members to the Port solicited for the renewal of the infrastructure round the Port in other to facilitate greater customer satisfaction, saying that some of the existing infrastructure in the Port are over 40 years old.
The Port Manager, LPC Hajia Aishat Ibrahim in her brief to the Board members informed them of the activities of the Port and the feats it has attained in its operation.