Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar
The federal government has completed massive rehabilitation of the East and West Moles (breakwaters) in Lagos at the cost of N16.6 billion, the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, has revealed.
Among several other navigational roles, the two moles prevent surging waters of the Atlantic Ocean from flooding Lagos Island.
The rehabilitation work, according to the Minister, was executed by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) while Royal Haskoning and Yolas Consultants served as foreign and local consultants to the project respectively.
Umar also disclosed that rehabilitation work on the quay wall apron of the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, has been completed at the cost of N3.64 billion while the rehabilitation and expansion of the NPA headquarters building at Marina, Lagos, awarded to Sageto Nigeria Limited at the cost of N5 billion, is 42 per cent completed.
He also disclosed that the concessionaires in the nation’s seaports have invested the sum of $925 million (about N148 billion) in terminal development and acquisition of cargo handling equipment.
Umar stated this in the documents prepared by his ministry to highlight the mid-term achievements of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, the concessionaires invested $475 million (N76 billion) on acquisition of modern cargo handling equipment and $450 million (N72 billion) on terminal development since 2006 when the port reform programme was executed and cargo handling operations removed from the functions of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and handed over to private companies.
“In 2006, the federal government of Nigeria carried out comprehensive port reforms that made NPA the landlord and technical regulator. Government delineated the ports into terminals and concessioned them to private operators. Terminal operators are now responsible for all aspects of cargo handling and terminal upgrading under the concession agreement.
“As a result of the reforms, the overall efficiency in the ports has been steadily improving, and there is appreciable increase in infrastructure provision and maintenance by both the federal government and the concessionaires”, he said.