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Fashola seeks expansion of ports to accommodate growth

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Minister of Works, Power and Housing Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday called for expansion of the nation’s ports to accommodate economic growth.

Fashola disclosed this in Lagos at a stakeholders’ meeting on the ongoing Apapa Wharf Road reconstruction and palliative work for Tin Can Road.

He said the call became necessary because of increase in the port’s capacity from 34 million tons to 84 million tons. He noted that the current capacity of ports has been outstripped by economic growth.

According to him, “just as we are talking about the expansion of airports and highways, there is also need for the nation’s ports to be expanded.”

Speaking at the event, a representative of the Ibru organisation, Victor Enebele, expressed satisfaction with synergy between the federal government and the private sector towards finding a lasting solution to the problem of the Tin Can-Apapa Road.

He urged the government to construct holding bays for empty containers and parks for trucks, saying the absence of these would make any palliative work on the road an exercise in futility.



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