Works Minister Directs Importers to Use Calabar, Warri Ports

Babatunde Raji Fashola - Minister of Power, Works and Housing
Babatunde Raji Fashola - Minister of Power, Works and Housing

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called on importers to utilise Warri and Calabar sea ports to decongest the current traffic challenge in Lagos.

Mr. Fashola, who made the call on Tuesday in Abuja while addressing journalists, blamed the traffic challenge on the ongoing rehabilitation work on Apapa-Wharf road on congestion.

The report culled from PREMIUM TIMES today said the reduction of cargo movement through Lagos sea port would reduce traffic on the ever busy Apapa-Wharf road, being rehabilitated.

“What we can do also is to perhaps, for now, move our cargo to other ports if the content is not to be delivered to Lagos.

“If the content is to be delivered to the east, the Warri and Calabar ports are there, so, we have all of this access, let us also be very flexible about using them.

“Our appeal to importers is to also bear in mind that we are constructing a built up area, therefore, their flexibility will help us improve service delivery,” he said.

Mr. Fashola said the ministry was aware of the challenges faced by motorists as a result of the ongoing project but called for patience.

“Recently, we heard the licensed custom agents complaining about the same road, we hear you loud and clear, we have started work, so bear with us.’’ He explained.