By Godfrey Bivbere
About five years after the completion of the 3,000 capacity trailer park opposite the second gate of Tin-can Island port, Apapa, Lagos, the park cannot be put to use due to lack of sea shore protection line which was not included in the original contract.
The multi-million naira project, Vanguard Maritime Report, gathered has been abandoned over the years by the Ministry of Works and Housing.
Investigations revealed that the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, at the height of traffic gridlock around the Apapa port corridor, had sought to set up the park as a solution but some red flags were raised.
Vanguard Maritime Report gathered that there was advice that the structures set up on reclaimed land would collapse if no sea shore protection line is put in place.
Meanwhile, the Port Manager of Tin-can Island port, Emmanuel Akporherhi, told Vanguard Maritime Report that does not know why the park is not yet functional.
Akporherhi disclosed that NPA management was at a time eager to put the facility to use but he does not noww know what happened.
He also said that they have however gotten permission to toll trucks there on temporal arrangement.
According to him, “The Ministry of Works has allowed vehicles, those blocking the roads, to be towed into the place for now so by the time we have the lee way to operate properly, especially when the palliatives on the very bad spot that Berger-Suya area are sorted out, I am sure we will be able to make use of all that we have to control the traffic effectively and stop using the place.
“You will know where to turn vehicles to, where to ask vehicles to pass easily but when an area is cut off completely, there is nothing you can do,” he said.