Apapa: NPA awaits modalities on presidential order as gridlock shifts to neighbourhoods

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Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the immediate clearing of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of sanity in the port city and environs, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the implementing agency, said on Thursday it is awaiting the modalities for implementation of the new directive. “The president’s directive is an order that was just…

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Apapa: Trailer Park opening delays again, but there’s hope

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Once again, the federal government has failed to open the Tin Can Trailer Park being constructed along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. Government had earlier scheduled the park for opening last week Friday along with the Lilypond Terminal as temporary measures for tackling Apapa gridlock and congestion.

Adedamola Kuti, Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, had explained to BusinessDay in a telephone interview that the opening of the park was being delayed by the absence of critical infrastructure in the park.

This was confirmed by an official of Borini Prono, the Italian construction company handling the construction of park, who told BusinessDay at the project site Friday morning that water and light were the major facilities needed to throw the park open.

“We are almost done; all the poles for the light have been mounted; all that remains is running the wires and connecting them to the power source which could be a giant generator or national grid. We have also done the reticulations for water.

“We are constructing the pillars that will carry the overhead tanks in two places as you can see. Once we are through with that, we will dig the borehole which will take just a few hours, the pipes will be connected and water will start running everywhere, including the toilets,” the Borini Prono official, who did not want to be named, assured.

The official who was amused when this reporter reminded him that the park was to be opened that day (Friday after it failed a week earlier), pointed out that money was needed to get all that done, but the government was taking long in responding to their request for funds to get those facilities.

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Apapa: Logistics, infrastructure delay opening of Lilypond Terminal, Trailer Park

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Contrary to expectations, the opening of the Lilypond Terminal in Ijora and Trailer Park on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos earlier scheduled for yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday) is being delayed due to logistics and infrastructure challenges, BusinessDay findings have revealed. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Federal Ministry of Works had on Monday assured…

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