The House of Representatives has lamented the gridlock due to the construction of access roads linking seaports in the Apapa area of Lagos State, attributing it to extortion from the presidential task force set up to decongest the ports.
It then urged the Federal Government to pay attention to the construction.
It also said the extortion worsened the gridlock in the area.
The House also asked that a larger part of two months revenue generated by the Apapa Port, TinCan Island Port, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal and PTML be devoted to the construction of all the access roads for best revenue for the country.
The House of Rep urged the Nigerian Ports Authority and relevant security agencies to stop extortion activities going on at the ports and the access roads.
The Federal Government in its part was asked to ‘immediately disband the Presidential Task Force on the Ports Access Roads, having outlived its usefulness and for participating in extortion and contributing to congestion of the ports access roads’.
The motion was moved by a member, Mr Leke Abejide on Wednesday.
Abejide explained that the House Committee on Customs and Excise recently embarked on a week-long oversight of Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service Command to determine the level of revenue generation and the challenges, as well as to find a way of addressing them using Customs budget of 2021.
He said, “So many anomalies were discovered that if not tackled headlong, the Nigerian ports are at the risk of imminent and total collapse.
“Businesses, commuters and residents along these access roads see hell on a daily basis as they are subjected to nuisance, pollution and emissions to the environment.
“Due to the challenges of inaccessibility to ports, it takes an average of 60 days to do a turnaround of a container, whereas should there be easy access to the ports, the turnaround within Lagos should not be more than five days.”