NPA cancels agreement with APMT over Lilypond



By Oluwabunmi Ogunjimi


THE Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has cancelled its agreement with Nigeria’s major terminal operator, A.P. Moller Terminal in Apapa, Lagos, over the terminal’s move to take over Lilypond container terminal, also in Lagos.


Speaking at the recently concluded 14th edition of the Annual Business Law e-conference, NPA’s Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, said the Authority has decided to convert the container terminal to a truck park.


She stated: “We at Nigerian Ports have  given up Lilypond. APMT was the operator and we have cancelled that arrangement  to make it a transit truck park; we are now in an advanced  stage of discussing with Lagos State government to make available a larger  trailer park; the Ahmed Bola Tinubu  trailer  park in Orile   will be so designated and trailer parks that transacts one or two trailers will not be allowed to access the port and recognising that other mushroom truck parks will also want to be designated, we have our own criteria that you must meet for you to be licensed.


“Even for land use issues why should you have a truck park inside Apapa area? I don’t think Lagos State should look at the land use issues attributable to trailer parks; why should there be a truck park in Apapa that is already congested.


“We now have a truck park in Ogun State. So those that are coming out of  Lagos can now stay in Ogun State until you are   called up you move to Orile and when you are called up you will now move to Lilypond,  then you get into the port.


“We also have to recognize that within the Apapa corridors  we  have the tank farms,  so there are  petroleum products evacuation that are done  in that area  and so you also have attendant congestion arising from that area.”


The NPA boss suggested the use of intermodal transport system to evacuate cargoes in and out of the ports with a view to de-congesting the roads and ultimately de-congesting the ports.


“I think the larger picture is the need for us to recognize the use of intermodal transportation system; you can’t have 90% of your cargo being pushed through the road; the road will get congested and will invariably collapse; we must strengthen the utilisation of inland water ways; we must have our  rails system concluded; if not for the COVID  we would have concluded our rail connectivity .


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