The Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday urged the ministry of transportation to ensure that alternative means of transporting goods such as railway and waterway are given urgent attention to assist in the movement of goods in and out of ports in the country.
According to the House, this is to ensure that palliative measures are carried out on the dilapidated roads especially those linking the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway and the Tin Can as well as Coconut axis.
The green chamber also urge all stakeholders especially the leadership of the Truck Owners/Drivers, to comply with President Muhammadu Buhari directive on the removal of all trucks/trailers on the road.
This resolution was reached following a motion sponsored by Honourable Egberongbe Mufutau Adewale representating Apapa Federal Constituency,Lagos ( APC) during plenary at the National Assembly complex, Abuja.
Raising the motion, Hon. Egberongbe explained that Apapa Port was designed to accommodate 33 million metric tons of goods per day, but currently, it is processing not less than 80 million metric tons which was overstretched its infrastructure, thereby resulting in an overarching traffic situation leading to loss of valuables by motorists to armed robbers.
Hon. Egberongbe said ” opening of other seaports in Badagry and Leki Free Trade Zone would help to decongest the ports in Lagos and re-introduction of Electronic Cargo tracking machines and modern scanners to track goods before arrival, will also help in achieving the desired results.”
Contributing to the debate, Mr. Onofiok Luke (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and other lawmakers called for the need to decentralise the country’s ports. They stressed that the ports in the South South and South East states be equally given attention to ease business transaction in the country at large.
Amongst other resolutions, the House also urged the Nigeria Customs Service to re-introduce the electronic cargo tracking machines and modern scanners to ease cargo movement in the ports to decongest the Apapa Port.
It also urged the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to rejuvenate the domestic refineries, invest in new ones and relocate the Tank Farms from Apapa to other areas.
Saheed Badmus reports that the House Committee on Land Transport is expected to ensure compliance when constituted.