AFRICA BUSINESS-Lagos port still a bottleneck for Africa’s top economy

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By Tim Cocks

, – The road leading to the , which handles nearly everything that Africa’s biggest imports, is one the most congested in a megacity whose jams are legendary.

Wide enough to accommodate only lanes either side, along it move the goods that Africa’s crude producer uses its huge receipts to buy — everything from designer wear to dried fish, champagne and shampoo.

The Apapa is also one the biggest bottlenecks in an throttled by power cuts and institutional dysfunction.

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Reforms to this behemoth by and previous administrations his People’s () brought huge improvements over the past decade, shippers say, but bad roads and extortion by in a tangle of government agencies continue to pile up and costs.

“Apapa is hell earth,” wrote commentator Tokunbo Oloke in The Tribune late last year. “A place where people groan, curse, sweat, get infuriated, experience unending pain and sorrow.”