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Ambode, NPA MD Assure On Permanent Solution To Apapa Gridlock

Apapa Gridlock
Posted: Sep 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu

Lagos – Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State governor, on Wednesday expressed confidence in the ongoing efforts to permanently resolve traffic congestion in the Apapa axis due to activities at the port, just as he restated his administration’s commitment to restore the glory of the area.

Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja when he received the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) management team led by Hadiza Bala Usman, its Managing Director, paid him a courtesy visit, said he was highly desirous of transforming the Apapa axis to be a beauty to behold.

The governor, while expressing confidence in the ability of the new NPA management to make positive difference, said he was delighted that the agency was being led at this time of economic turbulence by a thoroughbred professional, grounded in the political terrain.

He said Lagos, being the commercial nerve centre and a city surrounded by water, deserved more than one port, adding that his administration would not hesitate to partner with and support the NPA to succeed in whatever form needed.

“We have had issues about movement of cargo and every other vehicular movement that relates to traffic congestion in the Apapa axis and I think with the new management in charge of NPA, a whole lot of things will be resolved so quickly and I am very glad that this is the way we have decided to go and we will support everything to make Apapa a place that we will all be delighted to speak about,”  Ambode said.

He commended the NPA for investing in the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, saying that there was no doubt about the fact that such partnership would go a long way in driving more investment into Lagos.

Usman, who spoke after the meeting with the governor, said she was at the Lagos House with her team to expand the existing relationship between the NPA and the Lagos State Government for the benefit of the people.

She said the major area of partnership principally centred on decongestion of Apapa gridlock as soon as possible and the success of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, among others.

“We discussed various areas of cooperation and one of the priorities was the decongestion of the Apapa area. We have looked at the priority activities that we need to do to decongest the area and we would proceed with that in the next few weeks.

“There are several partnerships that exist and we intend to forge ahead with them. We have the Lekki Deep Sea Port development, which both Lagos State government and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the NPA have shareholdings.

“We believe that it is a project which we need to take forward within the shortest period. We have reaffirmed our partnership and commitment to drive the project and we want to do that within the shortest period,” Usman said.