Reps investigate N600 billion monthly revenue loss at Apapa, Tin Can ports

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have commenced investigation on the N600 billion monthly revenue loss at the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos.

The N600 billion loss was caused by infrastructural decay at Lagos Ports. The situation was brought to the attention of the House by Honourable Benjamin Bem, who sponsored a motion tagged, ‘Loss of Over N600 billion Monthly Revenue from Apapa Gridlock/Congestion and the Dilapidated Terminal Infrastructure in Some Terminals.’

While the lawmakers directed its Committee on Privatisation and Commercialization to find a lasting solution to the gridlock on the Apapa and Tin Can Island access road, Bem said that during a visit to the port by the committee on November 29, 2019, some damaged parts of the transition slabs were noticed.

The damaged parts, he said, were as a result of the “sand erosion from underneath the apron’s deck due to the collapse of the quay wall.”

The Reps member said the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and other relevant government agencies must act fast to fix the decaying infrastructure in and around the Apapa terminals.

The added that the RORO Tin Can Island terminal alone provides over 500 direct job opportunities to Nigerians and over 3,000 indirect employment.

Bem said with the current state of unemployment in Nigeria, it was advisable for Nigeria to ensure the terminal jobs were not affected by the poor infrastructure at the port.