NPA FAST TRACKS REHABILITATION OF ROADS INTO LAGOS PORTS.
Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman (7th from right) flanked by stakeholders during a meeting on the rehabilitation of roads within Western Ports.
The Management of the Nigerian Port Authority has assured stakeholders in the Maritime sub sector that the Government is assiduously working towards a holistic and sustainable rehabilitation of the roads within the ports community in the Lagos area and beyond in order to ensure a greater and a more efficient service delivery at the Nations Seaports.
The Managing Director of the Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman who disclosed this during an Interactive session on Friday in Lagos said, the management of the Authority is appreciative of the synergy of a consortium of private operators who in line with the dictates of public private partnership (PPP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are putting efforts together towards making sure that these Infrastructures are in top situation enough to necessitate swift delivery of Cargos.
According to her, all necessary variables like the enforcement of Tonnage limits for trucks and the use of Railway for cargo movement would be encouraged in order to actualize the quick delivery of results concerning the Project of the road Rehabilitation, whilst pointing, out that it is important to collaborate efficiently in this regard. She called on operators to make available holding bays for operations at their terminals noting that it would help manage the traffic grid lock along Apapa corridor.
She strongly advocated that Terminal operators should install weighing bridges in their respective terminals stressing that soon a machinery would be put in place to implement Government directives concerning this subject.
Furthermore, Hadiza Usman opined that the Trucks standardization regime of the Authority would be reviewed in conjunction with the State and Federal Governments with a view to ensuring public safety on our roads. She added that it is critical to minimize the impact of heavy trucks on the facility to enhance the life span of the infrastructure.
In attendance during the interactive session were the Hon. Commission for Environment Lagos State, Dr. S.B Adejare, Cantonment Commander Arakan Barracks Apapa, Brig. General PTO Aro. The Executive Director Engineering and Technical Services Prof. Idris Abubakar led top Management authority to the meeting, whist Engineers G.C. Eke Federal Controller of Works and Engr. Mrs. O. Osakue of Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing were also in attendance.
M. K Ajayi
General Manager, Public Affairs