Despite the Federal Gover nment’s signing of the Executive Order 007 to allowed private firms to construct road projects nationwide recently, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has disclosed that a cabal would continue to frustrate the Lagos ports road projects completion because of their ulterior motives of reaping illegal monies from the Apapa gridlocks.
Its President, Babatunde Ruwase, in a chat with New Telegraph, in Lagos, emphatically stated that some group of powerful people known were behind the continued Apapa gridlock at the Lagos port frustrating the non-completion of the road projects because of its economic importance to the nation.
Ruwase explained that the Apapa gridlock has created an ‘illegal economy’ where few powerful people are benefitting from it despite Nigeria losing billions of Naira daily following the numbers of tankers with petroleum products and containers that are trapped in the gridlocks on a daily basis.
The LCCI President said that investigations by the Chamber revealed many tank farms owners in Apapa are against the transport of petroleum products via the rail, including getting products from Atlas Cove through the pipelines, saying these are the reasons why the laid pipelines have been erupted and vandalized.
New Telegraph, January 29, 2019