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NPA Managing Director Visits Tin-Can Port Road

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L-R: Sylvester Egede, manager of Tin-Can Island Port Complex; Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Charles Okaga, Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex Apapa, and Mohammed Khalil, general manager of Security, when the MD of NPA resumed work on the Tin-Can Island Port Complex access road on Monday 25 March 2024 to consolidate gains made in removing illegal check/extortion points that hitherto caused traffic along the port corridor.

Determined to consolidate the gains recorded in the clearance of illegal check/extortion points and shanties resulting in traffic gridlock, Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), paid an on-the-spot visit to Tin-Can Island Port access road on Monday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the unscheduled spot check, Koko said, “We have zero tolerance for all forms of impediments to free flow of traffic; it is no fluke, and we are poised to consolidate the gains we have recorded first in Apapa and now Tin-Can. We are grateful to Adegboyega Oyetola, minister of Marine & Blue Economy and the Lagos State Governor for the tremendous support we have received in this regard.”

He said port access roads are international corridors and traffic gridlock along such sensitive road networks negates port productivity and is an international embarrassment that requires the synergy of all stakeholders to tackle sustainability.

“Although the causes of the gridlock are rooted in factors external to NPA, we have a duty as the gateway to the national economy to take the frontline role in tackling this menace,” he said.

On the menace of refuse debris blocking the drainages, Bello Koko said, “Although I have directed our relevant in-house department to commence desilting of the drainages and clearance of the refuse, we will enlist the cooperation and intensify synergy with Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Federal Ministry of Works under whose purview waste and road management resides to arrest the ugly trend.”

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