October 1, 2022

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Senate seeks relocation of tank farms from Apapa

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The Senate on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to collaborate with the Lagos State Government to ensure the relocation of tank farms from Apapa in Lagos State to other areas.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Oluremi Tinubu and her two other colleagues, Messrs Solomon Adeola and Adetokunbo Abiru.

The lawmakers commended the Federal Government for the reconstruction of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, and the completion of the Apapa Ports spur line of the Lagos -Ibadan rail.

They urged the private terminal operators to explore water transport as an option in the movement of containers.

They also urged the Federal Government to collaborate with the Lagos State Government and other critical stakeholders to evacuate all petrol tankers and heav duty vehicles along the Apapa ports access road.

The red chamber called on the Federal Ministry of Works to commence the reconstruction and repairs all access roads to seaports, namely Apapa Creek road, Apapa Oshodi Expressway, and Tin Can Island.

It also directed the Committee on Marine Transport to investigate the implementation of the e-call up system and allegations of extortion by port officials and report back to the Senate on the way forward.

It also directed the Committee on Marine Transport, Works and Petroleum (Downstream) to meet the NPA, concessionaires, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum Engineers and all other stakeholders to ensure resolution of pending conflicts and ensure synergy among stakeholders.