NPA, FERMA open discussion on solution to Apapa traffic

Respite may soon come the way of commuters and road users of the Ports access roads as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Western Ports met with officials of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) yesterday on how to repair bad portions of the port access roads, SHIPS & PORTS DAILY can authoritatively report.

Speaking with our correspondent on phone yesterday, the General Manager of Western Ports, Chief Michael Ajayi said the meeting with FERMA was to look for ways of bringing succour to commuters and road users plying the roads in Apapa.

Ajayi said, “The meeting is ongoing and we are putting heads together to see what we can do. So whatever we can do, we will do and we will all comply. The meeting is ongoing.”

Recall that SHIPS & PORTS DAILY had last week reported that the NPA management planned to meet FERMA over the poor state of the port access roads.

The NPA Western Port General Manager who bemoaned the traffic situation said it had affected port operations and threatened investment at the ports.

Also, the Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port Complex, Babatunde Longe said the gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway had shut down operations at the port.

“The repair of the road is beyond Tin Can Island Port. We expect government to come to our aid because it has stopped port operations.

“Government should repair the road so that stakeholders that have left can come back to work,” the Tin Can Island Port Manager had told Ajayi during a visit to the port last week.

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