Monday 26th June, 2017
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Minister, Dangote sign MoU to rebuild Apapa Wharf Road

Minister, Dangote sign MoU to rebuild Apapa Wharf Road

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Saturday signed a N4.34 Billion Memorandum of Understand­ing (MoU) with Dangote Group and other stakeholders for the rebuilding of Apapa Wharf Road.
 
The project is to be funded by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, an arm of the Dangote Group, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria.
 
The road was handed over to the stakeholders for commence­ment of reconstruction works after the agreement was signed in Lagos.
 
Fashola explained that the gridlock in Apapa became com­pounded and had reached an unbearable level as transporters ignored the old system of mov­ing cargo through rail to trucks and containers.
 
He said that the choice of the transporters to use road instead of rail for haulage increased gridlock, caused degeneration as well as well as hardship to residents of Apapa.
 
The minister commended the “leadership role’’ of the stake­holders to solve the complex problems in Apapa and its en­virons.
 
According to him, the situ­ation has caused stress to resi­dents, business owners and other stakeholders in the state.
 
“As a result of all these un­savoury practices, we have reached a point of near total gridlock, it is difficult to move cargo in or out, difficult for resi­dents to get home and this must stop,’’ he said.
 
Fashola said that it took time to reach an agreement on the project because the stakehold­ers were putting up an effective design that would address the drainage problem because the area was water logged.
 
“We have finished with the design, we now have a Bill of Quantity and the cost of the road is N4.34 billion to be funded and paid for by these three groups, Flour Mills of Ni­geria, AG Dangote Construc­tion Company Ltd and NPA,’’ he said.
 
The minister said that al­though the parties were funding the project, the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing would supervise it through all the stages to ensure quality and compliance with standards.
 
Fashola sought for the coop­eration of all residents of Lagos and directed the Apapa Area Commander of the Nigerian Police Force, DSP My Nuru to apprehend reckless drivers who drive against traffic during the period of construction.
 
He also appealed to Nuru to tackle all bureaucracies that would affect free flow of traffic while apprehending offenders.

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