By Sandra Chukwunyere
As part of its efforts in finding lasting solution to the Apapa gridlock problems, the
Management of the NPA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with
APM Capital to extend the use of Barges to evacuate Containers from the Ports beyond
Ikorodu to Epe sooner.
Speaking when she hosted a team from AP Moller Capital in her office today, the
Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman said the problem of
Apapa Access Road seems intractable because of decade long decadence which was
caused by multiplicity of problems.
Usman recalled the fact that NPA had made several efforts including contributing
₦1.8billion to rehabilitate the road at a time as well also coming up with Call Up System,
which would soon be upgraded to be electronically.
The MD also, asserted that NPA would continue to consult with stakeholders across all
levels, since the provision of infrastructure is crucial for sustainable ports operations.
Usman further assured that NPA will build on the synergy that exist with stakeholders
and also commended Ministers of Transportation, the Board of Directors of NPA, and
the management of APM Capital.
In his response, the Senior Investment Advisor of APM Capital, Fleming Dalgaard
assured on the construction of a Jetty and Truck Park to facilitate the movement of
Cargo with barges from the port .Adding that they will provide technical Capital,
Competence experience, financial capacity and other required resources.
Dalgaard commended openness of the management of NPA adding that such
Transparency and efficiency were part of the quality that excite them to come forward
for the signing of the MOU.
Amongst issues agreed in the MOU include;
The NPA in realization of the fact that the provision of infrastructure is crucial for
sustainable operation of ports has continued to pursue a programme of
The NPA and APMC entered discussions and have agreed to find a lasting
solution to the traffic situation in and around the ports, there is a need to provide
the level of required infrastructure.
APMC has indicated their interest, technical capacity, competence, experience,
financial capacity and other required resources to execute or cause the project
required resources to execute or cause the project required for the attainment of
item 2 above.
The project that are currently being contemplated include the construction of a
jetty and truck park to facilitate the movement of cargo by barge from the ports
APMC understands that some associates investments like construction of truck
holding bays maybe required to support the option in item 4 above.
APMC intends to commit financial and human resources to further explore these
solutions even though the exact nature of infrastructure to be provided may differ
from the option currently being envisage in the course of further studies and time
spent on the project.
Present on the side of the Management of NPA include GM Board Secretary/Legal
services Eniola Williams and General Manager Public Private Partnership Mr Usoro
Usoro and on the APM Capital side are APMC Advisor, Amina Oyagbola and Senior
Associate Rotimi Tewe.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza
Bala Usman (Middle), A.P. Moller Capital Official (APMC),
Rotimi Tewe (left), the Managing Consultant, AKMS Consulting
Limited, Amina Oyagbola (2 nd left), Snr. Investment Advisor, A.P.
Moller, Flemming Dalgaard (2 nd right), and the Executive Director,
Marine & Operations NPA, Dr. Sokonte H. Davies (right) during
the Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between
the NPA and APMC on the Apapa Gridlock at the NPA Corporate
Headquarters, Lagos, today.