Group Moves against Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Pro­ject, Pe­ti­tions Buhari

THISDAY - - NEWS - Ugo Ali­ogo

A group, Satel­lite Town Fo­rum, has called for can­cel­la­tion of the con­tainer ter­mi­nal pro­ject at Zone two Liver­pool Es­tate, Apapa, in­sist­ing that the area was high den­sity res­i­den­tial area and al­ready con­gested.

The Chair­man, Satel­lite Town Fo­rum, Mr. Gover­nor Imi­tini, who made the call at a me­dia briefing in La­gos, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had pe­ti­tioned Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and the La­gos State Gover­nor, Mr. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, as well as the rel­e­vant fed­eral and state min­istries and paras­tatals to step into the mat­ter.

He said tank farms and con­tainer ter­mi­nals/bonded ware­houses were not busi­nesses that should be sited in high den­sity res­i­den­tial ar­eas such as Satel­lite.

“By na­ture of their busi­nesses, tank farms and con­tainer ter­mi­nal/ bonded ware­houses should not be lo­cated in a highly den­sity res­i­den­tial area. Not only those busi­nesses are risky and dan­ger­ous, but their ac­tiv­i­ties have made life un­bear­able for res­i­dents. Satel­lite Town and its peo­ple should be saved be­fore it is too late.”

He also noted that sev­eral res­i­den­tial build­ings in the area have been sub­merged by flood es­pe­cially dur­ing the rainy sea­son, adding that many land­lords and ten­ants had aban­doned their houses.

Imi­tini called on the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to con­struct large un­der­ground cul­verts across the de­pot road for on­ward rout­ing to the sea.

He said that the flood­ing stream­ing through the es­tates needed to be ef­fec­tively chan­neled across the road to the sea, “where un­for­tu­nately the tank farms are ob­struc­tive as they have taken over the flood chan­nels.”

Ac­cord­ing to Imi­tini: “There is need for the re­moval of tank farm fa­cil­i­ties sited on di­rect flood chan­nels. They should be re­moved for flood from this densely pop­u­lated area to find its way to the sea. Deep and large stan­dard in-be­tween chan­nels should be con­structed to en­able the flood flow down to the sea.

“Gov­ern­ment should con­vert Mu­muni Adio Bad­mus Road (Marwa Road). The road is too nar­row and was not orig­i­nally meant to carry and con­tain axle ve­hi­cles. It is there­fore al­ways in a state of dis­re­pair and eas­ily blocked by the tankers thereby caus­ing grid­lock due to the pres­sure from the tankers.

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