The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has urged exporters and importers using the Apapa ports to consider using other ports in the country pending the completion of repair works on the Apapa-Wharf road.
Fashola, who spoke on Thursday at a meeting with different stakeholders carrying on their businesses around the port, said the gridlock caused by the tankers and trucks along the road is an embarrassment to his office and the state of the road as well as its trademark gridlock gives him sleepless night.
“Exporters and importers need to think about the pain and discomfort they are causing people of Lagos while road repair is going on and they need to think of what to do to ease the pain. There are other Ports in Warri, Calabar among others. Although it may not be convenient but at least it will reduce pain,” the Minister said.
With the road to be repaired by Dangote group, the former Lagos State governor urged the stakeholders to proffer suggestions on how to manage the traffic and other difficulties that will arise during the rehabilitation. With the festive season approaching, Fashola asked the stakeholders to ensure that the state residents and road users do not go through untold hardship during the period.
Going forward: With representatives of the National Union of Petroleum & Natural Gas Workers; Custom License Agent: Nigeria Port Authority among others present, the Minister said it is important for the stakeholders to constitute a task force that will monitor the activities of tankers and trucks so that only those that have business at the Port are allowed to enter Lagos as well as to prevent a relapse to the embarrassing situation in recent years.