Gridlock at ports: Tin Can road completed as govt awards others

Relief has come the way of importers and other users of the ever busy Tin Can port access road in Lagos as the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has disclosed that the rehabilitation of the road which has hitherto contributed to the gridlock to the port has been completed. 

The development came two months after Mr. Oyetola, reached out to his counterpart at the ministry of Works, Dave Umahi, over the need to fix failed portions of ports’ access roads. 

Oyetola, who disclosed this on Wednesday evening, while debriefing members of his technical team, expressed optimism that access roads to other ports in the country would be fixed soon. 

The minister had in December, 2023, written to the works minister, appealing to him to assist in fixing the access roads leading to the seaports in the country as part of measures to not only resolve the gridlock on that corridor but to increase ports efficiency and aid the country’s economic growth.

In response to the minister’s appeal, the works minister, in a letter to his counterpart, dated February 14, 2024, titled “Re: Urgent Request for Rehabilitation of the Federal Access Roads to Key Ports,”  noted that “the access road to Tincan Port, Lagos has been successfully completed.”

He also noted that “the ministry has awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of the access road to Lagos Port Complex in Lagos State, ” adding that the contractor would soon mobilise to site.

On the access road to Onne Port in Rivers state, the works  minister noted that the contract for the reconstruction of the road was already being processed and that it would soon be awarded, saying “the Federal Ministry of Works also understands the socio-economic importance of these roads leading to the ports in Nigeria and that necessitated the proactive steps we took.”