The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) General Manager in charge of Western Ports, Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi has reiterated the commitment of the Authority to partner and support Apapa Community “as the host of the two busiest Ports in West Africa”.
Receiving the delegation from the Apapa Local Government who paid him a courtesy call in his office , Chief Ajayi reiterated that the relevance of Apapa Community cannot be underrated in the overall activities of the NPA.
According to a statement, the General Manager told the delegation that the Authority was making all necessary effort to ensure the rehabilitation of the Creek and Wharf Roads for the restoration of socio-economic activities in the Apapa Community as well as to smoothen Port operations.
He expressed optimism that the completion of the soon-to-commence rehabilitation work on the road would restore the lost glory of Apapa as a Community.
Chief Ajayi told the delegation that as part of its palliative measures, the NPA Management has contracted works for the repairs of the Creek road, adding that the work has reached an advanced stage.
The General Manager appealed to the Sole Administrator to devise a means of checking the menace of indiscriminate parking by Tanker Drivers on Apapa Roads, considering the attendant negative consequences of their action to other road users.
He told the delegation that plans by the Authority through the Western Ports Headquarters to improve the sanitary and parking space of the popular “Abuja car park”, located opposite the Tin Can Island Port Complex are afoot and implored the Local Government to partner with the Authority to realize this objective when the project comes on stream.
He called on Apapa Local Government Authority to assist by contacting utility providers along the wharf road to come forward and assist Messrs AG Dangote to locate such in preparation towards the start of the reconstruction work by the Company.
The General Manager assured the visitors of the readiness of the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority to partner with Apapa Local Government in all areas of interest under Corporate Social Responsibility.
Earlier, the Sole Administrator of the Apapa Local Government Alhaji Luqman Babatunde told the General Manager that the delegation were at the Zone on a solidarity visit and express appreciation for the cordial relation existing between the Apapa Community and the Authority.
He expressed need for greater cooperation between the Local Government and NPA, “especially in areas which would have direct positive impact on both the socio-economic and business activities of the Apapa Community”.