The Presidential Taskforce on Apapa Port has claimed that there is no gridlock in Apapa, but rather an ‘in-port congestion’.
The PTT Vice Chairman, Kayode Opeifa, at a virtual dialogue held by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, debunked media reports about traffic congestion in Apapa, referring to it as a non-recurring traffic.
According to him, the challenge with the port is due to businesspeople circumventing standard procedures and being in a hurry to move their goods in and out of the ports.
He explained that exporters were too desperate and moved their containers into AP Moller, rather that Lillypond where there was convenience. “There is no gridlock, what we have is in-port congestion and that talks to the issue of port operations and the way we all do business,” he said.
Opeifa advised stakeholders to stay within the standard operating procedures and adhere to whatever instrument that is put in place.
He also noted the need to immediately resolve all issues with overtime cargo and port space efficiency in port holding bay and to look into the seaport terminal operations. He suggested a multi-modal transport system with rail, road, water and others working at full capacity, stressing the need to improve port operations.