NPA, MD tours Tin Can Island Port, Says every impediment will be Dismantle

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Managing Director / CEO Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mohammed Bello Koko (2nd Left), Port Manager Tincan Island Port Complex Mr. Sylvester Egede (1st Left) Port Manager Lagos Ports Complex Mr. Charles Okaga (3rd Left) and General Manager Security, Mr. Mohammed Khalil (1st Right) On Monday 25th March, 2024 when the MD/CEO NPA resumed work on Tincan Island Port Complex access road to consolidate gains made in removing illegal check/extortion points that hitherto caused traffic along the port corridor.

By Innocent Orok

As measure of consolidating the gains recorded in the clearance of illegal check/extortion points and shanties resulting in traffic gridlock on Tin Can Island Port access road, Managing Director /CEO Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) resumes work on Monday March 25th on the Port access road.

Speaking on the sidelines of the unscheduled spot check, Mohammed Bello Koko said “our zero tolerance for all forms of impediments to free flow of traffic 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 the Honourable Minister of Marine & Blue Economy His Excellency Adegboyega Oyetola (CON) and the Lagos State Governor for the tremendous support we have received in this regard”.

Bello Koko opined further, that “Ports access roads are international corridors, which means traffic gridlock along such sensitive road networks apart from negating port productivity is an international embarrassment that requires the synergy of all stakeholders to tackle sustainably.

“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 front line role in tackling this menace.”

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”.

It will be recalled that the Mohammed Bello Koko -led management of NPA had recently received the commendation of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) for clearing the perennial traffic gridlock that hitherto made ingress and egress of Lagos Ports of Apapa and Tin Can difficult.

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