Oper­a­tors want coun­cil to tackle poor ser­vices at ports

Daily Trust - - MARTIME -

Three ter­mi­nal oper­a­tors on Mon­day called on the Nigeria Ship­pers’ Coun­cil (NSC) to ur­gently re­pair all link roads and other ser­vices at the La­gos ports.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in sep­a­rate in­ter­views in La­gos that good roads and the con­trol­ling of other port ser­vices would re­duce the cost of do­ing busi­ness at the ports.

The Chair­man, Tin-Can Is­land Container Ter­mi­nal, La­gos, Mr. Richard Ak­in­bo­sun, said that some clear­ing agents now con­nive with govern­ment agencies to avoid pay­ment of dues.

Be­sides, Ak­in­bo­sun al­leged that there were some govern­ment agencies that col­lect money from im­porters with­out re­mit­ting same into govern­ment cof­fers.

Ac­cord­ing to him, these lapses should be checked by the Nigeria Ship­pers’ Coun­cil (NSC) as the govern­ment ap­proved reg­u­la­tor for the mar­itime in­dus­try.

The Pres­i­dent,

ENL Con­sor­tium, La­gos, Dr Vicky Haas­trup, said that the de­plorable roads had made the clear­ing and de­liv­ery of cargo a Her­culean task.

Haas­trup, who is also the Pres­i­dent, Sea­port Ter­mi­nal Oper­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria, said it was be­com­ing im­pos­si­ble for people to trans­act busi­ness at the Tin-Can Is­land ter­mi­nal.

“It is dif­fi­cult to achieve the 48-hour cargo clear­ance be­cause ac­cess to port en­vi­ron­ment is poor. Also, we need to im­prove our har­bour ser­vices,” Haas­trup said.

She added that the se­cu­rity at the ports must also be im­proved to en­sure ef­fec­tive busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

A ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tor, Mr. Tunde Kesh­inro, said that La­gos ports would be less ex­pen­sive to do busi­ness in if cer­tain chal­lenges such as bad road net­work were tack­led.

Kesh­inro said that bad road some­times de­lay the clear­ance of im­porters’ goods which had led to the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of de­mur­rage.

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