Reps accuse Apapa gridlock presidential task force of extortion

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to prioritize the construction of access roads linking seaports in the Apapa area of Lagos State.

It also accused the presidential task force set up to decongest the ports of extortion and worsening the gridlock in the area.

The House demanded that a huge percent of the two months revenue generated by the Apapa Port, TinCan Island Port, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal and PTML be committed to the construction of all the access roads for optimal revenue for the country.

In addition, the House urged the Nigerian Ports Authority and relevant security agencies to halt extortion activities going on at the ports and the access roads.

The House further urged the Federal Government to ‘immediately disband the Presidential Task Force on the Ports Access Roads, having outlived its usefulness and for participating in extortion and contributing to congestion of the ports access roads’.

These are parts of the resolutions passed at the plenary on Wednesday following a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by a member, Mr Leke Abejide.

He said, “So much anomalies were discovered that if not tackled headlong, the Nigerian ports are at the risk of imminent and total collapse.

“Businesses, commuters and residents along these access roads see hell on a daily basis as they are subjected to nuisance, pollution and emissions to the environment.

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