FG begins construction of new seaport in Lagos to ease traffic

FG begins construction of new seaport in Lagos to ease traffic

- In a bid to reduce traffic in the commercial city of Lagos, the federal government has said that it is building a new seaport

- The revelation was made by the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman

- Usman also said that to further ease the gridlock, the ministry of transportation is building a new railway to the ports in the state

According to the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, the federal government is building a new deep-sea port in Lagos and has two more facilities in view to reduce congestion in state's the major harbors.

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In an interview on Thursday, April 4, the NPA boss said: “We have congestion because 80 percent of our cargo goes on the road. You must have that seamless evacuation, if not, it’s laughable to think you will not have congestion.”

The federal government's move was prompted by the alarm raised by the Nigeria Cashew Exporters Association in March 2019, after experiencing an almost eight-week delay in shipping goods, so that $300 million worth of nuts were stuck in containers on trucks, Bloomberg reports.

The association said that lack of infrastructure, bureaucracy and corruption at the ports are making things bad for the business.

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In her speech, Usman also revealed that the ministry of transportation is building a new railway to the Lagos ports to speed up the evacuation of cargo.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) said it deployed 1,000 personnel to monitor traffic during the Presidential Campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, February 9, in Lagos.

Chris Olakpe, LASTMA chief executive officer, made this known in an interview on Thursday, February 7.

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