LAGOS — Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, demanded from the Federal Government part of the revenue generated from ports formations in the state, especially Apapa and Tin Can ports, saying, “the state bears the brunt of the ports activities.”
Fashola who spoke at the 2013 stakeholders’ forum on Wharf Landing fee collection at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, lamented that despite the huge revenue realized from the ports, Lagos had not been compensated for the hardship caused by ports activities in the state.
The governor while addressing stakeholders at the event, said the stakeholders’ forum should not have been organised if the central government was just in its duties, saying “We shouldn’t be having this kind of debate, if we had the kind of federation that we hope to have in the country.
“Last year alone, between January and June, over N1 trillion was realised from the Apapa ports without a certain share given to the state that owns the larger percent of the roads that were used to haul the goods within and to other states.
“There are only 117 federal roads in Lagos state, while the state owns 3, 028 roads as against 6, 415 local government roads in the state. This shows that the roads used frequently for haulage business belong to the state and the local governments.
“Even the 117 Federal Government roads in the state, the state government have spent over N50 billion in their maintenance and no one has paid back. The money was used to fix Apapa-Oshodi and other federal roads in the state.
The entire Funsho Williams Road belongs to the state government. Ordinarily, the way we rebuilt the road in 2010, it shouldn’t demand repair until 2030.
“But every 2 years, we commission Julius Berger Construction Company to repair the road, for it to serve its goal.
“If we hadn’t done that, the road would have followed the line of Apapa-Oshodi expressway that is always un-motorable for residents of the state. “
“Rather, the central government distributed the revenue across to states that have no business with shipping and port operations in the country. These are the states that are not bearing the pain of the traffic and dilapidated roads caused by the port activities.”