Members of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority have decried their the perennial traffic gridlock along the Apapa and Tin Can port access roads.
While assuring that the board would continue to identify with all efforts at finding lasting solution to the problem, the members stated that they were aware of the problem being experienced by the terminal operators, port users and the general public as a result of the traffic gridlock.
According to a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Mr Jatto Adams, the chairman of the board Chief Emmanuel Adesoye, spoke on behalf of other members of the board at the end of their tour of the terminals within the western axis, consisting of Lagos Port Complex and Tin-can Island Port on recently.
Adesoye said the management was aware of the challenges faced by terminal operators and port users due to the gridlock and assured that the NPA was working in synergy with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to rejuvenate the rail lines, establish a call-up system and expand the roads.
He reaffirmed that “the Board is conscious that barges are currently being used to transfer cargoes from Tin can and Apapa ports to Ikorodu and Kirikiri Lighter Terminals.”
This, according to him, has drastically reduced the clog in the wheel of progress of greater service delivery at the nation’s seaports.
The NPA board chairman stated that on completion, the Lekki Deep Seaport would help in the efficient movement of cargo and become a reference point within the Gulf of Guinea.
Adesoye reiterated the commitment of the board and management of the NPA to providing modern port infrastructure in all seaports in the country.
Earlier, the Port Manager Tin Can Island Port Complex, Mr Emmanuel Akporherhe, while welcoming the board members to the port, solicited for the renewal of the infrastructure, saying that some of the existing infrastructure in the port were over 40 years old.
The port, according to him within the first quarter of 2019 berthed a total of 213 ships with a tonnage of 6,778,397 and a cargo throughput of 4,790,282 which was an improvement of 2018.
The Port Manager, LPC, Aishat Ibrahim, in her brief to the board members informed them of the activities of the port and the feats it had attained in its operation.