Terminal operators seek expansion of Apapa port areas
Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) on Monday called for the regeneration
of portions of the Apapa community to expand the port.
spokesman, Mr Bolaji Akinola, made the call in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
give more room for more access roads within the port areas.
we have recommended a total regeneration of the Apapa community.
is that the town has encroached on the port. It was not so. We now have a whole
lot of activities that are not even port-related into the port.
the Apapa community, am sorry will have to be brought down and allowed as port
road, all that side of creek road from the Wharf down till you get to
roundabout and Liverpool. Am sorry, I do not think any business or residence or
building should be there.
to be reacquired by government and the owners paid compensation and those
buildings brought down.
up, made into roads and temporary holding bays for trucks and the same thing
with certain areas of the Tin-Can port.
re-generation is required; more bridges and flyovers are needed; this is a plan
I believe government already has.
to implement that total regeneration of the Apapa area as a port community in
happen within the next seven to 10 years.
recommendations and once those are done, I believe the issue of Apapa traffic
gridlock and the rest will be over.
traffic gridlock in Apapa contributed to high dwell time of cargoes at the
consultant said this led to additional costs as cargo movement by trucks out of
the ports had increasingly been slowed.
government needed to reacquire portions of Apapa community which encroached on
the port areas, to build truck holding bays and other infrastructure to support
for regenerating Apapa was long-term, other short and medium-term measures
including having trailer parks with modern facilities should be considered.
would prevent trucks congesting the port corridors.
said it was crucial to fix the dilapidated roads, while proper traffic control
should be maintained.
evacuation of petroleum cargo done by barges to ports close to various zones
for onward distribution.