Condemnation Trails FG’s Approval for a New Oil Tank Farm in Apapa

Stakeholders of the Nigerian maritime sector have decried the approval granted by the Federal Government to a company to set up a tank farm at the already congested Apapa port area of Lagos.

Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess (Dr.) Vicky Haastrup, in reaction to the new oil tank farm, said that the association is totally against the move by the Federal Government.

She maintained that Apapa is already congested and to cite another tank farm within an area where there are already calls to even dismantle or relocate some farms already set up in crass insensitivity on the part of the government.

Other maritime operators have also expressed opposition against the approval to cite the new oil tank farm. They argued that the farm will lead to more influx of people into the area, more tankers on the road, hence the already bad traffic situation will get even worse.

They therefore urged the government to reconsider its decision for the best interest of all the parties involved and the nation at large.

The new tank farm is said to have a holding capacity of 50 million litters of petrol.