By Olasunkanmi Akoni
As part of measures to reduce flooding, the Apapa Local Government Area is set to commission some drainage projects and some newly rehabilitated roads in the council area.
The poor state of roads in Apapa Central Business District, CBD, had greatly contributed to flooding and traffic congestion in the Local Government.
According to the Chairman of Apapa Council, Mr. Ayodele Joseph, the roads include: Aerodrome, Warehouse, Calcutta Crescent, Kofo Abayomi Avenue and Abraham Adesanya.
The council boss explained that it was in a bid to ensure that Apapa regains its status as a haven for industries and other businesses, eager to maximize the location of Tin-can and Apapa Ports in the area, that the council embarked on the rehabilitation and expansion of the link roads around the CBD and the Wharf Road Service Lanes.
Joseph stated: â€œThe road was in a very poor state with most motorists choosing not to ply the road. The road is now wearing a new look and its accessible, the drains have also been rehabilitated with cover slabs.â€
According to the council boss, having resolved to tackle the infrastructural problems in the area, the council undertook to rehabilitate Wharf Road service Lanes and the loop under the bridge which were in terrible condition before now, even as it said it is the Federal Government responsibility to maintain the road.
His words: â€œWharf Road left side Service lane was completely un-motorable before now, heavy duty trucks plying the road had contributed to the poor state of the road. The local government used fortified concrete casting on the road to ensure durability as the road is mainly used by heavy trucks. The rehabilitation of the drains on this road has solved the flooding of the Wharf Road exit as this has greatly contributed to traffic congestion on the road.
â€œWharf Road/Point Road Junction was completely un-motorable before now; trucks continuously fell along the road. This road is the responsibility of the Federal Government but the road and the drain is now rehabilitated.â€