By Godfrey Bivbere
Stakeholders in the maritime industry have said that planned reconstruction of the failed roads in the port vicinities of Apapa and its environ  is not the solution to the chaotic traffic situation in the area.

Ongoing palliative repairs at a section of the road

Reacting to the recent information from the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, that the process of reconstruction of the roads would commence in two weeks, stakeholders warned that until government works at achieving an inter-modal transportation system in the port areas, the traffic situation would persist.

Speaking with  Vanguard Maritime Report  on the issue, National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Tony Iju Nwabunike, stated:  “Look at Apapa Technically, there is not much room for improvement, the roads are bad, the bridges are tiny, they are having two -way-in, two-way-out.

“So, going out from Apapa is the same thing, coming in from Tin-Can is the same thing, having two ways all over the place and they didn’t plan it properly. So the train station needs to work, they need to begin to think about a third  bridge to enter Apapa.

“The permanent measure is that there must be another system; there must be a serious networking of roads for people getting in and out of Apapa, then the third one is to decentralize the Lagos port.”

Similarly, Managing Director of Talod Oceanair Freight Limited, Alhaji Hakeem Olanrewaju, told  Vanguard Maritime Report  that the reconstruction would not ease the congestion but only reduce it.

Olanrewaju explained that the way the ports are designed, the roads leading to and from the ports are not meant for fuel tankers.

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