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‘No End In Sight For Congestion At Lagos Ports’

Thursday, 04 April 2019 | 00:00

Economic experts are predicting more horrendous traffic congestion as a result of projected increase in volume of port activities in the near future and the haphazard port management system in the country.

According to the experts, the federal government’s efforts to fix the Apapa and Tin Can port access roads to address the problem of port congestion may only see the problem dissipate for about four or five years but the menace would return worse than the current state.

The analysts who spoke at the maiden quarterly business roundtable organised by MMS Plus Newspapers tagged ‘Economic Outlook: Quarterly Verdict’ with the theme: “Post-Election Economy: Exploring Strategies for Growth”, stressed that the port corridor must be reserved and restricted as an exclusive economic zone.

In his contribution, chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba Kunle Folarin said that he has worked on the issue of port corridor for over 16 years, yet he was unhappy that his predictions on the port corridor were correct.

“The port corridor should be a restricted economic zone. It is a place that should be exclusive for port operations. However, in Nigeria we have several residential houses surrounding the ports. Some of them are 10 meters from the port, so it is no longer a port corridor.

Another issue is that a port is a transit area, a holding bay but not a storage area. It should be an area where ships discharge cargoes and the cargoes should leave the ports just as the ships also leave the ports. Speaking further on the issue, the veteran maritime analyst noted that the mechanism for port operations is multimodal.

Meanwhile, chief executive officer, Quiet Dimensions Limited, Mr. Ime Udoma admonished the federal government to strengthen the commercial banks by allowing some public sector funds to be domiciled in such banks.

On his part, the CEO, Kings Communications Limited, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke stressed that Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in the country had been limited by the frequent policy changes and the lack of confidence in the government.
Source: Leadership

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