World Bank’s $40m aid to halt Apapa gridlock
The International Finance Cooperation (IFC) of the World Bank will provide a $40 million aid geared towards ending gridlock in Apapa, Lagos State, said Hassan Bello, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC).
The NSC boss disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Abuja.
He regretted situations where over 5000 trucks gather at the port when only 1500 should be there. He stressed the need for electronic passage where trucks come to the port only when they are needed to pick or drop cargoes.
He said the National Freight Information and Transport Hub (NAFITH) of the council was working with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to put an end to the gridlock in Apapa with funds to be provided by the IFC.
He also said the agency was currently working with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) for expression of interest, and that the project would be completed in 18 months.
Bello stressed the need for government to directly intervene in the gridlock. He noted that no matter the efficiency of a terminal, suitable roads were required for the evacuation of goods.
Bello said the NSC was working with the NPA, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs to make sure systems were automated in the ports.
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