…As Ambode calls for memoranda on comprehensive transport policy***
Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has directed the contractor handling equipment installation at the Baro Port in Rivers to immediately move to site.
The order was conveyed on Wednesday in Lagos via a statement signed by NIWA’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Fadile Eyitayo.
The statement quoted Mamora as giving the directive during a recent visit to the port.
It said that Mamora assured the contractor that the Authority would reconstruct the bad portions of the road leading to Baro port within two weeks so as to facilitate the movement of equipment and personnel.
“The state of some of the facilities at the port is appalling and the facilities need urgent facelift to enable them to be at par with other works that will soon be put in place there.
“For instance, the administrative block, the water treatment plant, the generator house and the security post need urgent repairs; the contractor should move back to site to repair the structures,’’ he said.
Responding, Mr Opeyemi Olabanji of First Index Project Services Limited, the contractor handling the project, said that flood and the bad road in the area had contributed to the delay of the work.
He, however, assured Mamora of the firm’s readiness to start equipment installation at the port as soon as the road was repaired.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Government has called for memoranda from the public, in tandem with Government’s commitment towards re-energizing the various transportation modes and collating it into an effective comprehensive transport policy.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salaam highlighted this in his office, while expressing the desire of the state government to create a robust transportation policy that encompasses every sector.
Salaam stated that the state which presently runs an inclusive administration needs the support of all stakeholders such as operators, academia, transport related unions, individuals and groups as well as non-governmental organizations, adding that their contributions are of utmost importance and would be considered in formulating the transport policy for the state
He hinted that a stakeholder/ public hearing will be conducted before the Lagos state transport policy is finalized
The Permanent Secretary affirmed that submissions of memoranda have since commenced through the ministry’s online platforms, phone line, email address, as well as hard copies received in his office at the Ministry of Transportation,
He therefore urged other interested members of the public to forward their contributions as soon as possible.