How to tackle gridlock on ports’ access roads in Lagos, by Abdullahi
TO successfully tackle traffic gridlock along ports access roads in Lagos State, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Habib Abdullahi has called for the the provision of adequate rail lines from the ports to major cities in Nigeria.
Addressing a stakeholder’s forum comprising of Senate Committee on Marine and other stakeholders in Lagos, Abdullahi described NPA as the most affected organisation, “We (NPA) are very eager to see that permanent solution is proferred to the problem”.
He recalled that in the past, rail lines convey cargoes from the ports to other parts of the country, adding that the resuscitation of these services will further reduce the hardship being faced by commuters and other stakeholders.
According to Abdullahi, transportation of petroleum products by rail from the ports to the North, particularly Kano, which he witnessed as a youth no longer exist.
He called on relevant agencies to rise up to this challenge by reviving rail network in the country.
While pledging the readiness of the Authority to complement the efforts of other agencies whose responsibilities it is to provide the needed facilities, Abdullahi suggested that petroleum products could also be transported through pipe from the ports to other destinations.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee and former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Yerima Ahmed Sani explained that the committee embarked on the exercise as a result of the resolutions passed by the Senate expressing concern about the gridlock.
He said the committee will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that the problem of gridlock in Apapa is solved.
A statement issued by NPA’s General Manager (Public Affairs), IheanachoEbubeogu, quoted Sani as calling on all stakeholders to come up with suggestions on how best to combat the menace, pointing out that whatever affect the efficiency of the port operations affect the Nation’s economy.