The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Sunday, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to repair and make the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way including other access roads to Nigeria’s sea ports motorable.
While speaking to journalists, in Lagos, President of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju said that it was sad that the access roads to the ports were bad and the union was worried that the gateway roads to the country’s seaports and the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way that leads to Apapa and Tin-Can had been neglected.
“It is sad that the gateway to the nation’s economy is abandoned. We have written several letters including the issuance of ultimatums over these roads but all to no avail.
“’We can no longer live with the abandonment of access roads to the ports which have been in the state of disrepair for years in spite of efforts to draw government attention to the need to fix them,” Adeyanju said.
He also stated that for a long time, the Oshodi-Apapa Dual Carriage Way, as well as other port access roads had become death traps to road users.
Adeyanju said that accidents happen daily on the road while in December 2016, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had said the contract for rehabilitation of the Dual Carriage Way had been awarded.
“We are in May 2017, nothing has been done. The sad thing is that no sign that any contract had been awarded to any contractor,” Adeyanju said.
He further said that last week, NPA wrote again to the union that contracts had been awarded for the rehabilitation of the roads.
“If after three months to six months, the rehabilitation project does not start, we shall be compelled to take necessary action without further notice,” the union leader said.
He urged the federal government to repair the roads to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and properties as armed robbery is one of the problems road users constantly encounter.