By Izuchukwu Ozoemena
Even as the reconstruction of the Apapa-Ijora stretch of the port access routes is progressing at a snail speed, Dangote Construction Co Ltd, the company executing the job, has continued to receive commendation for the good job it is doing.
Exchanging views with Business & Maritime West Africa weekend, stakeholders in Apapa commended the construction company for putting in place a solid road structure that can carry heavy traffic, specially laden container carriers, tankers and other articulated vehicles for 30 to 35 years.
A staff of Ecomarine, one of the companies located in the Kariko Towers complex on Wharf Road, said it is a thing of joy to see that work is progressing and that the quality of work is meeting stakeholders’ expectations. “With the way the road rehabilitation is taking place, establishments in our complex are now heaving a sigh of relief. It will not be long before activities in our complex which came to a standstill following lack of access return fully.”
Also speaking, the Area Manager of the Bible Society of Nigeria located in the axis equally expressed happiness with the rehabilitation effort. He was confident that if the road can be quickly put in shape, many companies that relocated following lack of access to their facilities would return and make Wharf Road the beehive of business activities it once was.
He regretted that many of their clients find it difficult to come to do business with the Bible Society of Nigeria owing to problem of access to the office in Apapa. He however appealed to the company to fully fix one lane and put it into use so that the impending rainy season does not mess up what has been achieved so far.
Investigations show that at the rate the laying of slabs are taking place, work on one lane is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks so that movement from the Wharf Gate up to Ijora Bridge will less cumbersome.
It is recalled that last year, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Dangote Industries, Flour Mills of Nigeria and the Federal Government on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Apapa Port Wharf Access road through corporate social responsibility with July 2018 as projected completion date.
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the president of Dangote Industries, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and group managing director, Flour Mills of Nigeria Mr. Paul Gbededo, embarked on a tour of the project site to assess the progress made on the reconstruction work being executed by AG Dangote Construction Company.
The 4km road which is being executed at the cost of N4.3 billion by Dangote Industries and Flour Mills, will alleviate the traffic gridlock and logistics challenge businesses around the area have had to contend with over the years.