Stakeholder raises alarm over imminent outbreak of epidemic at Lagos ports 

Chinazor Megbolu

A Chieftain of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr. Anthony Anakebe has expressed strong belief that there may soon be an outbreak of  epidemic at the Lagos ports  over environmental pollution.

Anakebe disclosed this during an exclusive chat with our correspondent in Lagos where he  noted that if epidemic is going to blow out in Lagos, Lagos ports will be the worst hit.
“Definitely, for the past ten years, I have been saying it. If epidemic is going to blow out in Lagos, Lagos ports will be the worst hit.
“You can see all these trucks on the queue for weeks, and most of these drivers and their boys don’t have conveniences where they can ease themselves.
“Once they want to ease themselves, they get down and do so even if people are watching.
“Most of the nylons you see littered all over the place is filled with faeces. Apapa is a no go area at the moment.
“Healthwise, I pity those that are still doing business in Apapa,” Anakebe said.
He further disclosed that prior to port concessioning, there were parking spaces inside the ports where drivers park their trucks.
According to him; “when the ports was concessioned, there was  no parking space inside the ports where drivers could park their trucks and they have conveniences. No access roads to the ports. There is total lockdown within Apapa”.
Anakebe, however, averred that the best way to curb this environmental health hazards is for the Federal Government of Nigeria to make sure there’s free movement of trucks in Apapa.
“The best solution is for the Federal Government to make sure that there’s free movement in Apapa, where even  if a driver is pressed, he can get down and go to any nearest convenience and ease himself.
“I pity those who are still working and living there because Apapa is an eyesore,” he lamented.
Meanwhile,  Anakebe lauded the efforts of Dr Bashir Jamoh,  the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over his promise to expedite action on the disbursement of  Cabotage Vessels Finance Fund (CVFF) .
“It is a good and welcome development if the new NIMASA Director General can put it into effectiveness. It is a long term programme, which we have been expecting,” Anakebe said.

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