Operators want council to tackle poor services at ports
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.
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.