– VP Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government is committed to its plans to build new sea ports across the country to decongest the Apapa Port
– The vice president said the government has decided to clear the trailers and tankers on the road in order to enable easy access to the port
– Osinbajo added that the government is dredging the Warri Port, in a bid to decongest the traffic into an out of the Apapa and Tin Can ports
The federal government is committed to its plans to build new sea ports across the country to decongest the highly congested Apapa Port in Lagos state, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured.
The vice president gave the assurance in a chat with newsmen during an inspection tour of Apapa and other areas on Saturday morning, June 22, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that vice president, who was accompanied by the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other top government officials, said the government has decided to clear the trailers and tankers on the road.
He said this is to enable easy access to the port, adding that there is considerable improvement in the Apapa congestion after enforcement of the presidential order in the area.
He said: “The Mile 2 end is the axis where we think that there are difficulties. 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 which Hi-tech is handling. And we should be able to resolve that congestion in the Mile 2 end.
“And 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.
“We need to understand that this is a port that was designed to take 34 million metric tonnes daily but is currently taking over 80million. With this, it is obvious that there is need to find alternative quickly.
“And to expand, where that is possible, of course 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 are aimed towards decongesting the traffic into an out of the Apapa and Tin Can ports.”
He added that the Lagos-Kano rail is also starting from the Apapa Port, saying “we expect that we should be able to get cargo out of the Apapa Port using the rail than to 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 towards getting better movement in and out of Apapa.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government released the names of the members of the presidential task team that will enforce law and order in the Apapa area of Lagos state.
This was disclosed in a series of tweets by the presidency on Sunday, May 26. According to the tweets, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, was appointed as task team leader:
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