BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
LAGOS—MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, weekend demanded immediate relocation of Tank farms from Lagos and other ports formations across the country, warning that their continued operations close to the ports was threat to life and business.
At its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Lagos, President-General of MWUN, Mr. Anthony Nted, lamented that government appeared to have relaxed on earlier promise to relocate the tank farms.
According to him, “we observe that petrol tankers have permanently taken over the Apapa/Oshodi Express road and all access roads to our seaports. The resultant grid-lock has made movement of people and goods in and out of our seaports and work places within the Apapa industrial/commercial area impossible. This has further compromised the efficiency and service delivery level of our ports and also inflicted an avoidable heavy man-hour loss on the Maritime industry in particular and the national economy in general. The presence of tank farms in the Port area is no doubt responsible for the uncontrollable flocking of petrol tankers on all major roads leading to the port.
“We have repeatedly called for the relocation of the tank farms from Tin Can and Apapa, for both safety of lives and property and economic reasons. Although the government had earlier promised to relocate these tank farms away from their present sites, we are surprised that they have not done so yet. For us, the time for the relocation is now.
“We therefore demand that all the tank farms be relocated away from all our seaports in Warri, Port Harcourt, Onne and from residential/commercial area.”