NPA Board Members Worries Over Port ACCESS ROAD

By Maritime Security News

Members of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have
added their voice to the perennial gridlock on road leading to Port in
Apapa and Tin-Can Island.
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 (12 th 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 and assured that the NPA is assiduously 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. This, 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 has attained in its
operation.

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