The Head of Ports Operations, Dangote Group, Mr Yakubu Abdullahi said that the organisation spent N1 billion to repair the road leading to Apapa Port.
Abdullahi disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
He said, “as a major player in the maritime sector, the company had so far spent N1 billion to make the road accessible to the port.”
While appealing to the Federal Government to fix all the roads that lead to the port, he said that the organisation made the gesture as part of its social responsibility.
“The distance from the port gate to the Airway Bus stop caused the organisation that much.”
“We would have done more if not for Lagos State government’s restrictions; even the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) made an attempt to fix the roads but stopped.”
“It is not within the purview of NPA to repair roads, so they stopped the idea and the roads have remained bad since then.”
The Senior Staff Union of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) had also called on the Federal Government to fix the roads leading into the Tin-Can Island and Apapa Ports.
The President of the union, Mr Benson Adegbeyemi had decried the poor state of the access roads in Apapa, saying that it had greatly impeded movement of economic activities at the ports.
He noted that the recent rehabilitation work done on some access roads by some private operators had not produced the desired result, and called on Federal Government to take over the projects.