By Franklin Alli
“MANUFACTURERS lose over N20 billion on an annual basis as a result of the dilapidated infrastructure within and around the industrial zones at Amuwo Odofin and Kirikiri areas of Lagos. “
The Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Apapa Branch, Engr. Frank Onyebu, lamented today at a press briefing in Lagos.
He pointed out that the roads within the industrial estate got dilapidated over the years due to continuous neglect by the government.
“The situation has further been compounded by the establishment of a number or new container terminals within the industrial estates.
“The resultant toll on the roads within the estate is unimaginable as factories in the zone have continued to record stock of unsold inventories ,” he said.
In his words, “This situation is now threatening the continued existence of companies within the industrial areas. This is more so because the drivers of these invading articulated vehicles, who take instructions from no one, most often than not, take over every inch of the roads thereby making access to members’ factories a daily torment.”
He,however, solicited the help of State and local governments and other relevant agencies to come to the aid of members within the industrial estate to address the ugly situation.
“We call on the government to, on the short term, deploy resources to manage the traffic within the industrial zones, as well as to provide palliative measures to make the roads motorable. We would also appreciate a complete rehabilitation and construction of these roads in the longer term,” he said.
In Picture: Chairman, House Committee on Industries, Bayo Oshinowo