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Nwabunike Calls For Speedy Completion of Apapa Port Access Roads

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The National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr. Tony Iju Nwabunike, has urged the government to declare an emergency to expedite the ongoing construction works of Apapa Port access roads.

The call was contained in his goodwill message to ANLCA Muslim faithfuls, on the occasion of the Eid-El-Fitri.

He noted that extortion or other forms of sabotage would remain the order of the day until the roads are fully constructed for seamless access to the ports either through Apapa Oshodi Expressway or Apapa Ijora axis.

His words: “While the government is consciously trying to address the Apapa gridlock, I implore that an emergency be declared to expedite the ongoing road construction works.

“This could come in form of 24 hours work by construction workers especially when the rains subside.

“Any stop gap solution to Apapa traffic is bound to suffer setback of either extortion or other forms of sabotage until the roads are fully constructed for seamless access to the ports either through Apapa Oshodi Expressway or Apapa Ijora axis.”

The ANLCA National President also requested that the Port Harcourt to Eleme axis leading to the Eastern Onne Port be given timely attention to aid activities at the Port.

“I also implore that the Port Harcourt to Eleme axis of the East West road and the adjoining portion leading to Onne Port, where you have a beehive of maritime activities, be attended to in good time for the collective benefits of government and port users,” he said.

Continuing, he described the Maritime Industry as the Nation’s economic low hanging fruits capable of cushioning the temporary effect of reduced oil revenue.

Hence, Nwabunike said that this year’s fasting and Eid- El -Fitri celebration were instructive, coming at a time the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had declared that it would deduct N112 billion from oil and gas proceeds for April to ensure continuous supply of petroleum products to the Country and guarantee energy security.

Implications according to him include not having oil revenue for the federal government to share with the states and local governments, noting that the situation is premised on the hike in crude oil prices on the deregulated downstream sector and the need for uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to citizens

“Aside the economy, activities in our Maritime Industry also calls for increased security attention which the federal government through the Nigeria Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is rising to the occasion with planned deployment of deep blue assets later this month.

“It is anticipated that this move will go a long way in fighting piracy and other maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea and our Country’s territorial waters,” he said.

The ANLCA President also noted that safety of vessels, cargoes and crews on our waters have direct impacts on our overall economy since the Maritime Sector is critical in the areas of trade, investment, employment and recreation

“Further development of our maritime potentials will be a bold step towards economic diversification for job creation, addressing insecurity and positioning our ports for hub status in the West and Central African regions,” the Freight Forwarding Expert stated.

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