Satellite Town residents kick against container terminal
RESIDENTS of Satellite Town have protested against the approval of a container terminal in the Liverpool Zone 2 area after the Lagos State Government had assured them that there would be no additional tank farms or container terminal in the area.
The protesters, many of whom were senior citizens, criticised the state government for reneging on its promise by allowing a container terminal to be built in the residential estate.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Humanitarian crisis in Satellite Town loading’, ‘Satellite Town is a residential area and not a port’, ‘It is a capital no to container terminals in Satellite Town’, and ‘No to container terminals’, among others.
The Chairman of the Satellite Town Forum, Govenor Imitini, said the residents were shocked when Governor Babajide Sanwoolu said on a television programme on Wednesday that tank farms had come to stay.
Imitini quoted the governor as saying, “Tank farms have come to stay. The owners have invested massively in them.”
He added that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr Biodun Bamgboye, who spoke on behalf of the commissioner, Mr Tunji Bello, had said at their last meeting that there would be no additional tank farms in Satellite Town.
Imitini added that even the Department of Petroleum Resources admitted that it was an error to locate container terminals and tank farms in Satellite Town.
According to him, any investment that is injurious to the well-being of the people is not an investment but an effort to wipe out whole community of voters.
He stated, “At present, over 750 tankers and trucks are generated in our community and indeed use our already deplorable roads every day, endangering the lives of the residents, worsening the state of the roads, blocking everywhere and making life unbearable for the residents.
“They originate from over 50 tank farms, one new container terminal built in a residential estate, one fully operational container terminal in Alakija and two new container terminals located in Abule-osun, and one new terminal up on the same old ojo Road.
“We demand that a container terminal owned by Jakys Nigeria Limited and built inside the Liverpool Zone 2 Estate, off Mumuni Adio
Badmus Road (Marwa Road), an estate with residences, schools, worship centres and local street networks, be perpetually halted. This container terminal recently commenced operations despite our objections.
“We also demand that
Clarion Shipping West Africa Company in Alakija, a major bus stop in the community, should be relocated. The two container terminals currently being constructed at Abule osun should also be halted.”
He added that a container terminal being constructed on the old ojo Road should be relocated as well as another being built by Plain Nigeria Limited at Ijegun Imore.
The Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance Department in the ministry, Mahmood Adegbite, asked the protesters to drop their letter of protest for onward transmission to the commissioner.
But a resident engineer, Amuwo-odofin Local Government Area, Mustapha Adetayo, said the government had begun the process of expanding the Marwa Road and major streets in the area.
•Some of the protesters.