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Lagos bemoans overuse of port access roads

14 July 2014, 21:24

Lagos - The Lagos State Government has accused the Federal Government of destroying the Apapa port area by failing to restore the infrastructural damage occasioned by the overuse of the facility.

During a visit to the area, Governor Babatunde Fashola, expressed dismay at the traffic gridlock created by the tankers, especially on Creek Road and other roads leading to both Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports.

Fielding questions from journalists after the inspection of the Tincan Port Road and Creek Road, Governor Fashola frowned at the deterioration in the area saying the state government was paying heavily for the damage caused by the alleged mismanagement of the ports and fuel distribution by the federal government.

He said falling tankers were claiming lives and damaging peoples’ vehicles.

"It is an Herculean task everyday that we have to remove one container or one fallen tanker from here all because of the mismanagement by the federal government of its ports responsibility and of its fuel distribution responsibility,” Fashola said.

"Our land has been desecrated. One can see the destruction, people living on the road simply because the federal government cannot manage the distribution of fuel. People are defecating in open drains. All the drains here have become refuse dumps all because the federal government wants to give us fuel,” he said.

He claimed the state did not benefit from all the revenue generated at the ports and from the fuel distribution.

“The federal government wants to run a Port. Look at the roads here, they have all gone. And we don’t get derivation from oil but we pay so heavily for the distribution of fuel,” he said.

- CAJ News

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