Tin Can Trailer Park: Contractor urges patience as construction work continues

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Borini Prono, the contractor on the construction of the Tin Can Trailer Park along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway , has urged patience from all Apapa stakeholders as construction work continues on the park two weeks after it was scheduled to be thrown open to truck drivers.

The park which is, arguably, one of the oldest construction sites in Nigeria today, was scheduled to be completed and opened for use two weeks ago as part of resolutions reached at an emergency stakeholders meeting convened at the instance of Senate Committee on Works for the decongestion of Apapa gridlock.

Lilypond Terminal, which was also billed for opening a day before the trailer park, has been in used for two weeks now and the impact has been palpable as Apapa, especially the bridges, are relatively free of rampaging trailers and tankers.

Expectation is that when the Trailer Park comes on stream, Apapa may be walking back to its days as a sought-after destination for living, business and leisure. But it is not going to be tomorrow or next.

“We are still constrained by the absence of necessary facilities at the park, but we are closer now. We are almost there,” Adedamola Kuti, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, told BusinessDay on phone Friday afternoon, assuring that the park would be opened once the facilities were in place.

Kuti had disclosed that the opening of the park was being delayed by the absence of water and light at the park which was confirmed by an official of Borini Prono official who pleaded to be anonymous.

However, when BusinessDay visited the project site Friday morning, workers were on site but not working on the two facilities. Apart from one welder who was seen working on an iron structure for the over-head water … Read More...

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.

The official was however optimistic that the park might be ready before the end of next week, … Read More...