The Executive Vice Chairman of ENL Consortium, Princess Vicky Haastrup, has lambasted the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola over the slow pace of work on the Marine Beach Bridge, describing it as disgraceful and abysmal.
Princess Haastrup lamented that the bridge which serves as the only alternative for exit of containers from both Tincan Island and Apapa ports as Tincan Island port road, has been on construction for a long time with no end in sight.
She therefore called on the Federal Ministry of Works to mobilise the contractors back to site after she said there was rumour the contractors were not paid.
Princess Haastrup who doubles as the Chairman, Sea Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), made the call after the commissioning of a new Container Terminal acquired by SIFAX Group at Ijora Causeway.
“The construction of the bridge is going at a very slow pace and that breaks my heart because this bridge is very strategic. There is ongoing road construction at Tincan Island right now.
So, the only exit route from Tincan Island and Apapa ports now is this bridge and in the last couple of weeks, I can’t see one person working on the bridge.
The question is, why is the contractor not speeding up? And to me, this is a disgrace to Nigeria. It is such a nightmare for people to come to Apapa to do business. Maritime sector is a very strategic sector to the economy of Nigeria. As a matter of fact, the port is the gateway to the Nigerian economy.
This is an opportunity to appeal to the Federal Ministry of Works to see that the contractor speeds up the work on the bridge and they need to be paid. I don’t know what it is but I am hearing something like they are not being paid and all of that.
I believe this is a very responsible government, I believe in this government and I know that the government will intervene,” she added.