The Lagos State Council of United Labour Congress (ULC) has faulted the decision of federal government to close the entry points of two port access roads in Lagos due to ongoing construction of the roads, saying it has affected government revenue and port operations at Apapa area of the state.
The Chairman of Lagos State Council of the Congress, Comrade T. N. Korodo who made this known in Lagos said the traffic situation of two port access roads at the Tin-Can Island axis of Apapa-Oshodi Express road and Wharf road has been compounded following the decision.
According to him, presently trailer and fuel tanker drivers queue daily on both roads and bridges in order to either enter the Apapa port to load/offload containers or load fuel at the tank farms respectively.
Korodo pointed out that the ensuing traffic situation has affected government revenue, port operations, tank farm owners and man hour spent in traffic.
He advised Lagos State Government to intervene by providing palliatives that will enhance port operations.
The Chairman also attributed exodus of some businesses out of Lagos to high tax regime imposed by the state government, adding that tax should be kept within some certain threshold so as not to affect efficient running of business.
He stated further that the recently introduced Land Use Charge for instance has spiked up rents and tenement rates.
While commending the State Government and House of Assembly for revisiting the controversial land use charge, Korodo averred that it should be reviewed downward so as to ease the burden of rent and its ancillary impact on workers.