Fashola Wants An End To Apapa Gridlock
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has called for an urgent need to tackle traffic gridlock, port congestion and other problems in Apapa and its environs.
Fashola made the call on Thursday, in Lagos, at a stakeholders meeting on the ongoing Apapa Wharf Road reconstruction project in Surulere.
The stakeholders at the meeting included the three financiers of the project, AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, Flour Mills of Nigeria Ltd and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Others were National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), among others. The stakeholders, after extensive deliberations, agreed to resolve issues of logistics and regulation of truckers and port operations. They called on shipping companies to return to the system of using their loading bays and effective call up systems to end port congestions.
They also advised AP Molar Multi Terminal (APMT), whose cargo operations take hours to emulate the operations of Port Terminal Multipurpose Ltd (PTML) who have perfected the act of evacuating cargo within minutes.