… We can’t wait for it to be commissioned – Port Manager
By Godfrey Bivbere
The Chairman of Apapa Chapter of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Olumide Fakanlu, has said that the planned opening of the trailer park at the second gate of Tin-can Island port will greatly to reduce the traffic gridlock around the port town.
This is even as the Port Manager of Tin-can Island Port, Emmanuel Akporherhe, told Vanguard Maritime Report that they cannot wait for the facility to be commissioned and put to use.
Akporherhe said that the use of the trailer park will ease the gridlock as well as enhance port operation that has been affected by the traffic resulting from the trailers parking along the port assess road.
Reacting to the planned completion and official opening of the park by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti over the weekend, Fakanlu said that the completion is a welcome development.
He explained that the concession exercise led to the loss of the old trailer park within the port that used to control the movement of trucks around the port area in the past.
He also wants the government to consider the establishment of more trailer parks outside the port area to further reduce the number of trucks coming to the port. He noted that with more parks, the drivers will have no choice but to wait until they are called to the approach the port for loading or discharging.
It will be recalled that recently Kuti had said that the Apapa trailer park project in the state would be completed before the end of April, noting that the shoreline protection aspect of the project was 25 per cent completed, adding that the entire project had achieved 94 per cent completion.
According to him, “We expect that the work will be completed this April and we should be handing the trailer park over to the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA by end of this month.
“The materials we were waiting for have arrived and being cleared in the port as we speak.
“We have already completed 25 per cent of the shoreline protection which has been the major aspect holding us. The entire project is 94 per cent completed,” he said.
Kuti said that facilities, including toilets and bathrooms, police post, ticketing section and boreholes to make the park comfortable for use, had been completed.