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NPA director asks Sanwo-Olu to relocate truck parks from Apapa

The managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has asked the Lagos state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to relocate trucks park in Apapa area of the state.

Bala Usman made this call while speaking at a session of the 14th annual conference of business law on Friday.

Bala Usman lamented that the truck parks located in Apapa have contributed hugely to congestion in the area.

The NPA boss therefore reiterated the need to have provision for parking of large truck at designated places outside the Apapa area to allow for decongestion of the ports.

“There is a need to have designated places for the trucks to stay and wait for a call-up. If we don’t have designated places, the trucks will wake up and drive to the ports,” she said.

“So Lagos state government must take ownership in providing designated truck terminals where they will be a linkage and call-up with the terminal operators and Nigerian ports. But when we have 36 number truck location all around the Apapa ports environment, how do you think how are going to sanitise that?

“In the truck corridor, we shouldn’t have many truck parks. We should have larger truck parks that are outside the ports environment. Nigerian ports are not responding for providing truck terminals.

“Why should you have a truck park inside Apapa area. Lagos state should review the land use charge attributable to trailer parks. There are some locations in Apapa, why should you build truck parks there? No, that place is too congested already. They should push it out of the town.”

Bala Usman disclosed that there is an ongoing discussion with the Lagos state government to provide larger trailer parks.

It will be recalled that in May 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that trucks causing gridlock in Apapa should be removed.

Also Victor Akinjo, chairman of the house of representatives committee on privatisation and commercialisation, had said the gridlock in Apapa costs Nigeria about N600 billion monthly.

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