Apapa Ports Roads A Priority – Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde
Fashola, has said that the rehabilitation of access roads at Apapa Port in
Lagos State was a priority project of the Federal Government.
Fashola told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that work would soon
commence on the project.
He appealed to residents of Apapa and its environs affected
by the deplorable state of the roads to be patient with the federal government.
According to him, “we have done the design and all that we
needed to do is to commence the execution of the project.
“I can assure you that it is going to be a concrete road
that I believe, will last for another 30 years when completed.
“A couple of private companies have offered to work with us
to fix the roads and I think in a matter of weeks, we should be able to
“We are very close, we have held two meetings in the last 10
days with the companies and have agreed; what is left now is for us to formally
sign the MOU,” he said.
He said the delay in its commencement followed the
commitment of the ministry to ensure transparency in the procurement process of
According to him, irrespective of the fact that it is
private money, there has to be some transparency in the procurement process.
“We must follow the approved procurement guidelines because
in government if we receive a gift, it must have a value and you must declare
“We needed to get certification of all the prices as well as
approval from the Federal Executive Council to commence the project and that is
the only delay.
Fashola said that provisions for budget funding of Apapa,
Tincan Island and Mile2-Oworoshoki road, all of which should evacuate the port,
has not been sufficient.
He said that the estimated cost from contractors for the
project was in the region of over N100 billion, adding that the annual
budgetary appropriation approved was about N7 billion.