Apapa road: Minister blames inadequate budgetary allocation, explains proposed N100b

The reconstruction of Seaports access roads in Lagos State is a priority to the Federal Government, Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola has said.

  In an interactive session with Journalists in Abuja after the ministry’s retreat, Fashola explained that arrangements for the deployment of an enduring solution would soon be concluded.

 The Minister said: “Year on year, you will see that the provisions for the budget funding of Apapa and the Tin Can Island and Mile 2 – Oworonshoki Roads, all of which evacuate the Port have not been sufficient  to deal with the cost”.

 He added: “The cost that we are getting from the contractor there is in the region of about N100billion and above and the annual budgetary appropriation that is approved for us is about N7 billion. And then there are debts that we met”.

  According to him, some companies had agreed to work with government to fix Wharf Road, adding that the design and other requirements for the road were ready.

He explained that what was left now was to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before seeking the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC)’s approval.

  Fashola said: “I just want to appeal to residents of Apapa, to people whose livelihood depends on Apapa, that Apapa is one of the priority roads under our priority of works to save roads that lead to critical ports.

 “We also have Calabar on our radar. But one by one there would be an enduring solution. We have done the design, we have done everything for Apapa, it’s ready. It’s  going to be a concrete road, I believe, that will last another 30 years. So we are close to starting work.”