By Tordue Salem
ABUJAâ€”Lagos ports were recently rehabilitated for the first time in 100 years, Nigerian Ports Authority disclosed , weekend. The rehabilitation exercise, the NPA noted, would revive decaying facilities at the ports and shore up their capacity.
While the repair of the complex , Lagos Harbour is put at N16billion, the 2.5kilometre Tin Can â€˜Quay Wallsâ€™ Suleiman revealed was awarded to a local contractor at N2.6billion and will be completed before the end of 2010.
The General Manager in charge of the Ports Authorityâ€™s Capital Projects, Engineer Umar Suleiman during a media tour of the NPAâ€™s facilities in Lagos, said on completion, the Lagos Harbour will be one of the most viable and safest in the world.
â€œThere had been damages over the years as a result of continuous usage without repairs. There are holes in all the three moles at the eastern, western and training moles. A substantial length of the Mole has also been lostâ€,â€™ he said.
Moles are built of rocks and lined to protect the shoreline while at the same time reducing turbulence caused by wave actions.
According to Suleiman, after several surveys in the past confirmed the deterioration of the Lagos Harbour, the Federal Government failed to fix them, resulting to an investigation by the Federal Executive Council in 2005.
The GM who confirmed the progress of work at the ports so far, revealed that the Chinese contractors executing the project have their quarry site at Ijebu-Ode, the production site at Epe and the construction site at Takwa Bay.