Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Dr Hadiza Bala-Usman says an action plan on how to reduce the perennial traffic gridlock at the nation’s foremost port- Apapa, will soon be implemented.
Dr Bala-Usman made this known when she paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
The NPA boss stressed that her team was at the Lagos House to expand the existing relationship between the NPA and the Lagos State Government for the benefit of the patrons of the port.
According to her, the major area of partnership principally centered on decongestion of Apapa gridlock as soon as possible and the success of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, among others.
“One of our priority areas is the decongestion of the Apapa axis. We have looked at the priority activities that we need to do, to decongest the area and we will proceed with that in the next few weeks.
There are several partnerships that exist and we intend to forge ahead with them. We have the Lekki Deep Sea Port development which both Lagos State Government and the Federal Government through the NPA have shareholdings. We believe that it is a project which we need to take forward within the shortest period. We have reaffirmed our partnership and commitment to drive this project” Usman said.
Governor Ambode expressed confidence in the ongoing efforts to permanently resolve traffic congestion in Apapa due to activities at the Port, just as he restated his administration’s commitment to restore the glory and beauty of the area.
Governor Ambode also expressed delight that the agency was being led at this time of economic turbulence by a thoroughbred professional equally grounded in the political dynamics of the country.
He said Lagos, being the commercial nerve centre and a city surrounded by water, deserved more than one port, affirming that his administration would not hesitate to partner with and support the NPA to succeed in whatever form needed.
“We have had issues about movement of cargo in the Apapa axis and I think with the new management in charge of NPA, a whole lot of things will be resolved so quickly and I am very glad that this is the way we have decided to go and we will support everything to make Apapa a place that we will all be delighted to speak about,” Governor Ambode said.
He commended the NPA for investing in the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, saying that there was no doubt about the fact that such a would go a long way in driving more investment to Lagos.