Satel­lite Town res­i­dents kick against con­tainer ter­mi­nal

The Punch - - METRO - Etim Ekpimah

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.

Photo: Etim Ekpimah

•Some of the pro­test­ers.

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