Lack of rail tracks at Lekki deepsea port a major setback – Stakeholders

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In a few weeks to come, Lekki Deepsea Port will commence full operations in Lagos State, thus making it the third seaport in operation in the state, The Sun reports.

While Apapa and Tin Can Island ports are in full operation and generating over N30 billion daily to the federation account, Badagry Deepsea Port is in the pipeline and will in the next couple of months resume operation. Unlike the Apapa Port that has a rail transportation facility for easy evacuation of imported items, the same rail facility is missing in the Tin Can Port against which the Federal Government is now considering a redesign of the port to accommodate intermodal means of transportation.

Unfortunately, the structural error in Tin Can Island Port is about to be replicated again in the Lekki Deepsea Port which will take off any time soon. The layout of Lekki Port which is located in Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) in Ibeju-Lekki has all the trappings of a modern port except for the rail infrastructure. As such, the bane of this multi-billion naira project is the absence of a rail track which has marred most ports in the country.

Stakeholders who spoke on the issue carpeted the planners of the project, saying that the country is bound to lose over N1billion daily from the absence of a rail in the port. They also opined that the absence of rail in the port will put unnecessary pressure on the road network unless the government provides a lighter ship that will take heavy load to Apapa for evacuation. If that is not done, the roads around the port will not last up to 15 years.