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NPA Board members decry condition of port access road

    L-R: NPA Board Member, Dr. Ekpa Anthonia Akpabio,
Chairman NPA Board, Emmanuel Adesoye, the Representative of the Managing
Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Executive Director, Marine
& Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies and the Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port
Complex, Engr. Emmanuel Akporherhe during the tour of the Ports

Members of the
Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have added their voices
to the perennial traffic gridlock on road leading to Port in Apapa and Tin-Can

While assuring that
the Board would continue to identify with all efforts to find lasting solution
to the problem, the members stated that they were aware of the problem being
experienced by the Terminal Operators, Port users and the general public as a
result of the traffic gridlock.

The Chairman of
the Board, Chief Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye,
spoke on behalf of other members of the Board at the end of their tour of
the terminals within the western axis, consisting of Lagos Port Complex (LPC)
and Tin-can Island Port on Friday, 12th April 2019.

According to the
Board Chairman, the Management is very much aware of the challenges faced by
Terminal Operators and Port users in assessing the Port due to the gridlock.

He assured that the NPA was  working in synergy with other government
agencies such as the Federal Ministry of Power, Work and Housing (FMWH) in
cushioning the pressure on the roads leading to the Port, with the rejuvenation
of rail lines in the Port, the call- up system as well as expanding the Port
access roads. 

He reaffirmed
that ‘’the Board is conscious that Badges are currently being used to transfer
cargoes from Tincan and Apapa Ports to Ikorodu and Kirikiri Lighter Terminals.” 

That, according to him, has drastically reduced the clog on the wheel of
progress on the lane to greater service delivery at the Nation’s seaports.

The NPA Board
Chairman stated that on completion, the Lekki Deep Sea Port which is a product
of Private Public Partnership and great collaboration would help in the
efficient movement of Cargo and expressed the strong hope that the Port would
be a reference point within the Gulf of Guinea.

Chief Adesoye has
reiterated the commitment of the Board and Management of the Authority to
provide modern Port infrastructure in all seaports in the country, in order to
encourage sufficiency in the system. 

Earlier, the Port
Manager Tincan Island Port Complex (TCIP) Engineer Emmanuel Akporherhe, while
welcoming the Board members to the Port solicited for the renewal of the
infrastructure round the Port in other to facilitate greater customer
satisfaction, saying that some of the existing infrastructure in the Port are
over (40) forty years old.

The Port,
according to him within the First Quarter of 2019 berthed a total of Two
Hundred and Thirteen (213) ships with a tonnage of Six Million Seven Hundred
and Seventy-Eight Thousand Three Hundred of Ninety-Seven (6,778,397) with a
Cargo throughput of Four Million Seven Hundred and Ninety Thousand Two Hundred
and Eighty-Two (4, 790, 282) which was an improvement of 2018.

The Port Manager,
LPC Hajia Aishat Ibrahim in her brief to the Board members informed them of the
activities of the Port and the feats it had attained in its operation.

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