…urges stakeholders to make sacrifice
By Gabriel Olawale
The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola Thuurday expressed displeasure over unresolved gridlock caused by tanker and truck along Apapa wharf road which has continued to cause pain and discomfort to Lagosian.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting with different organization and companies that carries out their business around Port, Fashola said that as the Christmas period approaches the situation of things in the area keeps giving him a sleepless night.
He urged the stakeholders involved to contribute their own part in ensuring that residence of the state did not go through unnecessary stress in the cause of making use of the road said that importer and exporter can make use of alternative port.
“Exporter and importer needs to think about pain and discomfort they are causing people of Lagos while road repair is going on and they need to think of what to do to ease the pain.
“There are other Port in Warri, Calabar among others. Although it may not be convenient but at least it will reduce pain.
“We also know that the government agricultural policies are working, so there are more agriculture export than what it used to be in about four years ago.
Fashola who tasked the organization and companies that carries out business in the area to come up with suggestions that will help in addressing the situation while the road construction lasted.
He encouraged the stakeholders to constitute a task force that will monitor the activities of tanker and trucks so that only those that have business at Port is allowed to enter Lagos.
On his part, Engr. Joseph Makoju who is the Honorary Adviser to the President/ CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said that they will ensure the road is completed within a stipulated period of one year promised.
The stakeholders at the meeting pledged to contribute their own part in ensuring that road users did not go through unnecessary pain.
Some of the stakeholders at meeting are National Union of Petroleum & Natural Gas Workers; Custom License Agent: Nigeria Port Authority among others.