Osinbajo spoke in Abuja at the quarterly business forum on agriculture, agribusiness, and the agro-allied value chain. Premium Times reports that Osinbajo revealed that the federal government was working with stakeholders in the private sector to resolve the gridlock in the area.
Service speaks Osinbajo attributed the deplorable situation of at the port to excessive pressures on its facilities. “The port, which was meant to be a 34 million metric tonnes capacity, is now handling 80 million metric tonnes,” he noted.
The vice president said the government had met with concessionaires, various business organisations as well as officers of the navy, police, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), as well as the Lagos state government. “There is a major problem there, but everyone has agreed on what to do, and there is a plan which we are executing.
Nothing would happen overnight, but we have a good plan that will make it work,” Osinbajo said. Professor Osinbajo said the government was planning to relocate all empty containers at the port to holding bays. He also said shipping companies would no longer be allowed to operate holding bays within the port.
Aside this, it is learnt that tank farms would no longer be allowed within the Apapa port area just as the process of licensing access to trailer parks by NPA would commence immediately. Osinbajo added that a task force had been created to manage traffic within the Apapa and Tin Can Island environs.
Osinbajo said at the meeting, it was agreed that the Dangote Group would carry out palliative works and reconstruction of some major sections of the road and that this should be completed by June 2018. He also said the procurement processes had been concluded for the construction of the Liverpool road to Tin Can and Mile 2 as well as Oworonshoki up to the toll gate.
The Honeywell Group is to construct a trailer park to be completion in 2018, while the BUA Group is to work around the Tin Can Island road.
It was reported earlier that Yemi Osinbajo recently said the government had resolved to find all possible solutions to end the gridlock at Apapa area of Lagos state. Osinbajo said this on Tuesday, November 14, at a government/private sector meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was scheduled on how to speedily and comprehensively resolve the issue. Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the president on Media & Publicity made this known.