The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has appealed to the contractors dealing with ongoing repairs on the 2 main arteries into the ports in Lagos, the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Leventis Bridge on the Apapa-Wharf Highway, to hasten the restore works so as to ease motion of vans out and in of the port.
NPA additionally appealed to the Lagos State Authorities to help it in clearing up the merchants which are occupying almost half of the newly constructed roads so as to unlock the port entry roads.
Talking on Wednesday in Lagos after the tour of Apapa/Tin-Can/ Mile 2 entry roads to the port, NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko, known as on Buildwell Building and HITECH Building, contractors in control of works on the Leventis Bridge and Apapa-Oshodi Expressway respectively, to work around the clock to see to the early completion of the roads.
In response to him, the opening of the Leventis Bridge is vital as a result of shutting it right down to visitors has began affecting port operations.
He stated the ports have began witnessing an extended ready time for vessels, an extended dwell time of cargo on the port and the price of transportation has additionally gone up due to the shutdown.
“With the closure of the Leventis Bridge, every thing is sort of at a standstill. This highway is vital to the financial system and the nation at giant. We perceive the significance of closing the bridge round Leventis for restore to keep away from a collapse however it’s critically impacting port operation,” Bello-Koko stated.
He stated the state of affairs was as a consequence of the truth that Western Avenue has been the key technique of motion of cargo into each Tin-Can and Apapa Ports since 2021 when the Cele/Mile 2/Dawn finish of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway was closed to visitors for building.
He nevertheless stated that NPA has been capable of get the dedication of HITECH to ship the primary part of the highway from Dawn to Mile 2 by the tip of October earlier than persevering with with the second part.
On the safety issues discouraging the contractors from working at night time, he stated the NPA has gotten the dedication of AIG Maritime and plans to additionally communicate with different safety companies to offer safety for the contractors to work at night time.
A consultant of HITECH, Robert Turnor, stated that situation of insecurity has been a problem to employees and property on the location, thereby limiting work at night time.