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Special Task Force to remove trucks from Apapa-Oshodi Expressway

The Federal Government is to empower a special task force that
will remove trucks/trailers on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to make access into
the Apapa ports easy.

As part of this, the Special Committee on road decongestion assigned to ensure
that trucks/trailers are not blocking the access roads will be brought back.
This was among the agreement which the federal government reached with the
Maritime Workers Union (MWUN), as condition to suspend their planned strike.
The Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige had reached the agreement with the Union
and the Ministry of Transportation, Federal Ministry Power, Works and Housing
and the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Tuesday which led to
the suspension of the strike.
During the meeting the workers expressed concern about the slow pace of work on
the road, and called on the contractor to speed up work.
The Union also called on the federal government to discourage further
establishment of new tank farms in port areas.
Another measure pointed out was for collaboration between the federal
government and the concessionaires to ensure movement of containers by rail to
check congestion in the port.
The meeting also called for more serious effort in the completion of trailer
park project where the trucks and trailers can be accommodated.
Part of the agreement reads:
“The collaborative efforts of Federal Ministry of Transport through the NPA,
FMWP&H, Dangote Limited and Flour Mills on the two (2) Km Wharf road is
noted. However, these efforts have not been very appreciable as only 10% of the
work has been done till date. The meeting therefore called on the lead project
company; Dangote to speed up action in terms of galvanizing human and material
resources to see that they meet the timeline of the completion of the project
in spite of unforeseen challenges; The Federal Government to pursue vigorously
the policy of non- establishment of new Tank Farms in the Port areas.
” The sanitary conditions of the surrounding and roads to the Ports should be
the Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR) of the NPA and the Authority should
do the needful to remove the refuse within 3 months to avoid endangering the
lives of workers and Port users.

“The
collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Concessionaires
at the Ports in terms of movement of Containers by rail should be strengthened
so that there is no pillage of Trailers on access road to Port. The
establishment of 340 capacity Trailer Park by the FMPW&H is a step in the
right direction and noteworthy but the meeting appealed that the final stage of
the Shore line Protection work be completed in before the end of the 2nd
quarter of 2018.
“A total reconstruction of the major access roads to Tin-Can Port area from
Liverpool road via Coconut via Sunrise to Mile2 road should be undertaken
urgently and in this direction, FMoT through the NPA are to synergize and
consummate the project before the end of the 2ndquarter of 2018. The FMPW&H
which has already captured the road to Tin-Can Port in its 2018 Budget should also
do the same for roads leading to other Ports Nationwide.”

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