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N3bn Tin Can Jetty project for completion in April

27 March 2014, 16:10

Lagos - The N3.65 billion ongoing construction and rehabilitation works of the Tin Can Island Port Quay Wall and Quay Apron is being affected by vessels calling at the port.

This was disclosed during the visit of members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport to the port led by its Chairperson, Hajia Zainab Kure.

The committee members visited the Tin Can Port as part of their oversight functions to inspect projects being executed by the NPA to improve infrastructure at the nation's largest port.

Rabiu Dambata, Chief Port Engineer of the construction company, Johnak Engineering Ltd., told the committee members that the waiting time of vessels was delaying the completion of the project.

Dambata said that the project, which was awarded on the 29th of December 2008, was scheduled to be completed within 24 months.

He said that the project was being delayed by the waiting time of vessels berthing at the port.

"When we want to work, we find that there are always ships at the quay wall.

“The normal time is usually two days, but they would ask us to give them more time,'' Rabiu said.

According to him, the construction company, which is wholly indigenous, has already been given part payment for the project.

He, however, promised that the project would be delivered by April 2014.

The contractor also attributed the delay to the review of the contract by the Federal Executive Council in 2009.

Kure commended the effort of NPA and commitment shown toward early completion of project.

-         NAN

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