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Wednesday 17th July 2019,
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Trailer park project in Apapa 95 % completed, says Supervisor

The trailer park currently under construction  in Apapa, Lagos State  is 95 per cent completed, and will soon serve as the holding bay to 340 trucks when it becomes operational .

The engineer supervising the Project, Mrs Osarieme Osaka who disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday said it would help in tackling traffic gridlocks  around Apapa axis.

The engineer supervising the Project, Mrs Osarieme Osaka who disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday said it would help in tackling traffic gridlocks  around Apapa axis.

Osaka during an  inspection of the  project  in Lagos, said that it was being handled by some contractors, a consultant and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

 

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“It is a contract that has a wide scope.

“It will  have  bridges that will be fully dedicated to moving  trucks into the park.

“This will be in addition to  two pedestrian bridges that will separate pedestrian traffic from other road users,” she said.

She said that the project had experienced  various challenges since 2009 when it was awarded.

The repair of 14 kilometres of the highway was part of the project she said.

She explained that the scope of work would include the  construction of 340 truck stands to hold trucks going in and out of the ports.

She added that it would also include  a port exit road that would be taking traffic out of Apapa.

She said  that the project was nearing completion and would have  other facilities like toilets,  bathrooms, a police post and trailer agents office among others.

She expressed hope that the park when in operation would be reduce huge trailer traffic off the roads ending into and out of the  ports.

“Right now, we have achieved 94.58 per cent completion on all the projects.

“The main dedicated bridge project has been finished remaining only the asphalt surfacing.

“The stands that will accommodate 340 trucks have been built and completed, two pedestrian bridges have also been built.

“The port exit road has been built but not fully completed.

“We hope to complete the work within this first quarter of 2018 which ends in March if the contractors are paid what they are being owed.

“The contractors have  submitted an interim statement but  they are yet to be paid.

“Contractors always tie completion of work to their payments, ” she said.

Osaka also said that the Federal Government was up to date with payment to the contractors to ensure speedy completion of the project.

She said that local contents were  being adhered to in the materials for the  construction and personnel being recruited .

“Right now we have 27 Nigerian workers on site and very few expatriates, so the local content is in order.”

She added that  most of the materials being used on the project were locally sourced.

They include : the granite, the sharp sand,as well as those being  materials used for earth works and cement are locally sourced, she said.

“Only few things like the joints on the bridge are imported ,” she said.

Also, Mr Paolo Prono, the  Executive Director, Borini Prono Co. Nig, Ltd., the  contractors handling the project said that the project was under funded in the past.

He said that there was another contract added to the project to protect the shorelines and that it would be completed in October.

He, however,  said that the existing contract was going to be completed “in a couple of months”.

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