The perennial traffic congestion at Apapa ports is believed to have its solution on decongesting the Tin Can Island and Wharf ports in Apapa by dredging and opening up other ports in the country.

But it appears that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, as there is no provision for the dredging of those other ports in the 2019 budget.

And that is why the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN is crying, pointing out that there is no mention in the 2019 budget of the need to dredge the various ports outside Lagos to decongest the Tin Can Island and Wharf ports.

The association made this observation in its perspective on the 2019 budget, which was made available to newsmen on Monday.

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Citing President Muhammadu Buhari’s budget speech, MAN noted that the 194.24-billion-naira capital allocation to the development of transportation infrastructure was a 26.2% reduction from the 263.10-billion-naira allocation in 2018.

The association observed also that the 80.22-billion-naira allocation for counterpart funding of railway projects, and the 27.12-billion-naira allocation for rehabilitation of rail tracks and general maintenance/running of the rail system, were critical.

The association further maintained that no country in the world had ever become fully industrialised without a robust railway system.

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