With the expiration of an deadline earlier given to occupants of the right -of -way from the Apapa Port gate to the Apapa Area ‘B’ Police Station, Messrs AG Dangote Construction Company, a subsidiary of Dangote Group has commenced reconstruction of the dilapidated Lagos Ports Complex access road that leads to Ijora. Generally, owners of bill boards, service cables, utility pipes and other related services along this corridor are affected by the order to dismantle them.
A public notice from the Nigerian Ports Authority on the vacation of encroachments on the right-of-way was earlier served organizations such as the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Joint Council of Seaport Truck Operators and the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO). Others include Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), Nigeria Police and the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
A visit to the construction site opposite the Railway complex in Apapa shows massive assemblage of heavy construction machines including tractors, caterpillars and other heavy earth- moving equipment. Also available are heaps of sharp sand, concrete and other materials for the job. The project which is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) had the nod of the federal government. It is expected to put the road in shape and relieve the sufferings of commuters who, for years, have grappled with dilapidated road network and traffic gridlock on the stretch.
Speaking to BMWA, a supervisor in the construction company who prefers to remain anonymous confirmed that many corporate bodies and organizations affected by the clear-the right-of-way order are complying. He said so far, there has been no resistance to this as everybody understands the urgent need to reconstruct the corridor and ease traffic. However, he was not forthcoming on the time actual construction will begin. With the assemblage of materials and necessary inputs into the project, he explained, it is now a matter of days before the machines hit the road.