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Nigerian Naval Station, Apapa
Nigerian Naval Station, Apapa
Location of Apapa
Apapa is located in Lagos
Location in Lagos
Coordinates: 6°27′N 3°22′E / 6.450°N 3.367°E / 6.450; 3.367Coordinates: 6°27′N 3°22′E / 6.450°N 3.367°E / 6.450; 3.367
Country  Nigeria
State Lagos State
City Lagos
 • Sole Administrator Jide Alao
Population (2006)
 • Total 217,362
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Apapa is a Local Government Area in Lagos, located to the west of Lagos Island. Apapa contains a number of ports and terminals operated by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), including the major port of Lagos State and Lagos Port Complex (LPC).[1]

In its legislation, the NPA itself does not refer to any port called "Port of Apapa", rather it refers to the "Port of Lagos", "Port of Port Harcourt" and "Port of Calabar".[2]


The region of Apapa lies near the mouth of Lagos lagoon, and contains ports and terminals for various commodities such as containers and bulk cargo, houses, offices and a small old disused railway station (Apapa North).[3][4][5] It is the site of a major container terminal which was owned and operated by the Federal Government of Nigeria until March 2005, and now is operated by the Danish firm A. P. Moller-Maersk Group.[6] Adjacent to the container port is the Tin Can Island Port, which has ro-ro facilities.[7]

It also houses some refineries like the Bua Group.[8] It also has commercial offices of many shipping, clearing and transportation companies. Other notable buildings include the Folawiyo Towers. Apapa houses the headquarters of the Nigerian newspaper Thisday.[9]


An important bronze hoard of jewellery dating from the 16th Century was found in Apapa in 1907 and is now kept at the British Museum.[10]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Prisons of the Nigerian Prisons Service include:

Housing, education and social facilities[edit]

Executive housing in Marine Road Apapa in 1986

The district provides housing for various levels of housing needs from executive requirements to average families including single occupation and multiple storied accommodation. There are several schools. The German School Lagos was formerly located in Apapa.[11]

Social and recreational facilities are provided by private and public organizations including a boat club located on Apapa Creek.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Ports - NPA". nigerianports.org/. Nigerian Port Authority. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  2. ^ NPA Pilotage Districts Order - Section 58 - Cap. NLN. 126 (LN. 252 of 1959) (PDF). Lagos: Nigerian Port Authority. 1959. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kirkiri road - Olodi to Apapa". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Old Apapa North Railway Station". Nairland. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Taman, Ho Swee. "Railway in Nigeria". Blogspot. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Tancott, G (19 January 2015). "16 new RTG cranes for APM". Transport World Africa. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dredging for Contaienr Terminal in Apapa". Dredging Today. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.railwaysafrica.com/blog/2014/09/23/nigerian-oil-sidings-contract/
  9. ^ "Contact Us." Thisday. Retrieved on 16 November 2011. "THISDAY LIVE, 35, Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria"
  10. ^ British Museum Collection
  11. ^ Home page. German School Lagos. 2 March 2003. Retrieved on 18 January 2015. "Beachland Estate Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos Nigeria"

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