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Lagos, Dangote, NPA partner on Tin-Can-Mile 2 road construction

Sola Giwa, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the Lagos State government, in partnership the Dangote Group, and the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), is intensifying efforts to remove bottlenecks hindering the completion of Tin-Can Island-Mile 2 road.

Giwa said this at a roundtable meeting with the management of the NPA, the Dangote Group, and the Hitech Construction Company Ltd, in Lagos, on Monday. He said the state government was optimistic of the completion of the road and was ready to fix the challenges facing the contractor.

According to Giwa, the governor had promised the residents a more decongested traffic situation at Tin-Can Island port road.

Giwa said that the contractor had assured the state government that both sides of the Tin-Can Mile 2 road would be completed before November.

“Motorcycles are not supposed to ride on the expressway and we will continue to arrest them until we get rid of them from the roads.

“Before now, we have collaborated with NPA, seeing that the parks are there and it is not possible to use the port without passing through the parks.

“The truckers and tankers queuing on the ports road were trying to engage in another second leg of business which constituted traffic along the port road.

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“We are engaging the truckers and the tankers drivers this week at a stakeholders’ meeting to see how we can achieve ease of doing business in the ports area.

“Truckers or tankers drivers need not stop other people from using the road as the road is constructed for everybody to use,” he said.

Also speaking, the Tin-Can Island port manager, Jubril Buba, said that the collaboration between the state government and stakeholders was yielding positive results. He said the authority would improve on collaboration to enable business flourish at the port.

Buba explained that operators faced the challenge of bad roads, saying that completion of the road would improve revenue earned by the government.

He advised Lagos State officials to carry along the controller of the federal ministry of works in charge of the roads to enable them work on the same page.

The project manager, Hitech, for the Tin-Can-Mile 2 road, Wills Barkhuisen, said that the company had been able to fix three sections of the road and was left with one section of the road.

“Our challenges are the indiscriminate parking of the trucks and the issue of getting materials to the site every day. We are on the fast-track system to enable us finish the remaining work.”

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