Apapa-Wharf Road To Be Rehabilitated, Says Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has announced that rehabilitation works would begin soon on the Apapa-Wharf road.
Fashola made this known in a chat with journalists at a management retreat for department and agencies under his ministry.
He assert that the federal government was committed to making all roads leading to the nation’s seaports easily accessible. He explained that the repairs became necessary to ease the business in the country, as well as assist those whose sources of livelihood depend on transactions at the seaports.
According to him, budgetary allocations for the road had been very small, adding that whereas the cost of rehabilitating the roads is about N100 billion, the budgetary allocation last year was only N7 billion.
Fashola further disclosed that the Federal Government has agreed with two private companies, which offered to rehabilitate the roads, and was at the point of signing a formal memorandum before presentation to the Federal Executive Council for final approval.
According to the Minister: “ Very soon, I think in a matter of weeks, we will be able to intervene in Apapa-Wharf roads, in Lagos. The Wharf has many problems, one of which is excess tonnage. There used to be a rail system link there to evacuate the excess tonnage and port.
“But by the time we left that rail and went into the road, we started degrading the road. So there is so much excess tonnage along that road. Now, there are few private companies that offered to work with us in terms of fixing the road. And irrespective of the fact that it is private money, but there has to be transparency on how we procure it.”