Apapa Traffic, Port Congestion Defy Railway Intervention
This story shows how serious and complicated the problem faced daily at the Apapa port.
As you read this, hundreds of trucks have line up from Apapa through Western Avenue in Lagos, resulting in heavy vehicular traffic on Eko Bridge.
Yet, within the last one-year, the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC said it moved by rail over 3,360 containers from the Apapa port to Ebute Metta and Ijoko area in Ogun last year.
NRC Lagos District Manager, Jerry Oche, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos On Wednesday but it is still arguable whether the freight service helped in reducing the influx of trucks and articulated vehicles into the port, as Oche claimed.
“We have transported about 3,360 containers from Apapa to Ebute Metta and Ijoko in Ogun, depending on the agreement with the owner.
“The service consists of movement of containers from Apapa to various district offices where the articulated vehicles could start transporting them to their various destinations.
“The shuttle services run a number of trains into the port and bring out goods to decongest the port.
“We run about three trains a day, each carrying about 20 containers to relieve the congestion at the port,’’ the NRC official said.
He, however, noted that the major challenge confronting the rail freight service is the inability to meet up with the demand of customers.
Oche said the corporation needs wagons and locomotives to meet up with the number of freight ready to be transported at the port.
Presently about 18,000 metric tons of pipes are waiting at the port to be transported by NRC to Osogbo, Osun State and the demand keeps rising, said Oche.
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