THE Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has signed a N4.34 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some high stakeholders for the reconstruction of Apapa Wharf Road.
The stakeholders who will fund the project are AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, an arm of the Dangote Group, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Flour Mills of Nigeria.
Although the stakeholders were funding the project, the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing would supervise it to ensure quality and compliance with standards.
With the signing of the MoU, the stakeholders took possession of the site for the start of reconstruction works after the agreement was signed in Lagos Saturday.
Lauding the “leadership role’’ of the stakeholders to resolve the complex problems in Apapa, the Minister noted that the gridlock in Apapa had reached an unbearable level as transporters simply ignored the old system of moving cargo through rail to trucks and containers. This according to him, not only increased the gridlock, but caused degeneration to the roads and hardship to Apapa residents.
He said: “As a result of all these unsavory practices, we have reached a point of near total gridlock, it is difficult to move cargo in or out, difficult for residents to get home and this must stop.”
Fashola described the design of the project as effective as it would address the drainage problem in the now water logged area.
Fashola sought the cooperation of all residents and road users and called for synergy among law enforcement and traffic regulatory agencies for better traffic management to reduce stress on road users during the one-year duration of the two-kilometre road project.
The Managing Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr Paul Gbededo, said that Wharf Road was the “most important road project in the entire country. This kind of road cannot be handled with levity.”
The Managing Director of AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, Mr Ashif Juma, who assured that high quality materials would be used, said that rigid pavement would be used on the road.