Impending congestion at port worry operator

Alooming danger of port congestion will negatively affect port operations and the  country’s economy if the port access road is not swiftly fixed, a major operator in the maritime sector, SIFAX Group, has said.

Its Group Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said this in a statement.

He urged the Federal Government to quickly intervene in fixing the Tin-Can/Coconut port access road in order to avoid impending shutdown of operations at Tin Can Island Port.

He said that the road had become almost impassable as many portions contain large craters and ditches.

The executive vice chairman noted that the sorry state of the road had made evacuation,  delivery of containers and other consignments by heavy-duty trucks a tortuous experience.

He said that the port users were groaning daily under the weight of the unbearable condition.

Afolabi added:  “Moving containers from the port to bonded terminals at Okota and other surrounding areas is now an uphill task.

“You will be lucky to make, in about six to eight hours, a journey that normally takes 30 minutes. At times, the road would be completely blocked with no visible movement for hours.”

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