The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, said it would raise N4.3 billion to reconstruct access roads around Apapa Port as port operators withdrew services over poor infrastructure. NPA would provide N1.8 billion while Dangote Group and Flour Mills would provide N2.5 billion.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the this would bring back operators who withdrew their services from the port.
“We have received proposal for Corporate Social Responsibility of N2.5 billion from Dangote Group and Flour Mills for the full reconstruction of port roads. The reconstruction entails full drainage service and the total cost of the Apapa port access roads project is N4.3 billion. The two entities are willing to provide N2.5 billion, while NPA will pay the remaining N1.8 billion to ensure that the roads are done,” NPA confirmed.
NPA said that the reconstruction would begin within one month, adding that completion of the project would be speedy. The Federal Ministry of Works to provide the final engineering design and costing to enable it embark on reconstruction of the Creek road and Liverpool road later this year.
The management of NPA would make provision for an annual budget for the reconstruction of the roads. NPA added that the congestion around Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports was due to lack of an effective holding bay, trailer parks and non-reconstruction of ports roads in Lagos.
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