‘Apapa res­i­dents con­vert­ing prop­erty to pri­vate jet­ties’

The Punch - - MARITIME -

THe Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity has raised the alarm, that res­i­dents of Apapa are turn­ing their prop­er­ties into pri­vate jet­ties and ter­mi­nals where they berth barges and evac­u­ate car­goes.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the NPA, Hadiza Balaus­man, who raised the alarm at a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Nige­rian Ship­pers’ Coun­cil in la­gos re­cently, said that the agency had done its in­ves­ti­ga­tions, iden­ti­fied these fa­cil­i­ties and would soon de­scend on them with sanc­tions.

Bala-us­man, who was rep­re­sented by the la­gos Port Man­ager, Mrs Bola Olotu, said that vir­tu­ally ev­ery build­ing in Apapa had ac­cess to wa­ter and many of them were now han­dling con­tain­ers and barges.

Ac­cord­ing to her, NPA did not li­cense any of the jet­ties to op­er­ate.

“when we tried to gain ac­cess into some of these prop­er­ties on Creek Road, we were at­tacked, we had to turn back, but I and my team, we were able to fin­ish our in­ves­ti­ga­tion when we ac­cessed the place through the wa­ter­ways.

“we have taken pic­tures and sanc­tions will be net­ted out soon.” she said

Con­firm­ing the trend, the Chair­man of Apapa Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Bri­gadier Ago Vaughan, said some busi­ness­men in the com­mer­cial sec­tion of Apapa had bought prop­er­ties in the Gov­ern­ment Re­served Area and had con­verted them into pri­vate jet­ties and ter­mi­nals han­dling trucks daily.

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