Terminal Operators operating at the nation’s seaports have decried reports that the Federal Government has granted approval for an oil company to open a new tank farm on Creek Road, Apapa.
the Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Vicky Haastrup described the reported approval as ill-timed and ill-advised.
A recent report indicated that the tank farm, which is under construction, has the capacity to hold up to 50 million litres of petroleum products, and would attract about 800 additional trucks per day into the already congested Apapa area.
According to the STOAN Chairman, “It is unheard of that anyone will conceive the idea of setting up a tank farm in Apapa at this time. Government should review this approval so that the problem facing the port community and residents of Apapa is not compounded.”
She said in addition to bad roads and the absence of truck parks; the preponderance of tank farms and oil depots has largely contributed to “the menacing gridlock in Apapa”.
Haastrup also advocated more efficient traffic management system in Apapa to enhance the movement of vehicles while ongoing construction work lasts.