How to decongest Lagos ports Shipping Institute

The Life Patron of the Nigeria Institute of Shipping (NIS), Caleb Okoye, has called for urgent actions to decongest Nigerian ports and re-establish a national carrier for faster development of the shipping industry.

Mr Okoye made the call at the Nigeria Institute of Shippings 9th Annual General Meeting and Awards held on Friday night in Lagos.

According to him, the country does not have a national carrier since the demise of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL).

He said that almost all the containers to and from Nigeria were carried by foreign shipping lines.

He also regretted approval of tank farms near the ports without due consideration of the road traffic implication to the ports.

I am alarmed by the situation of our ports. Apart from oil, over 80 per cent of cargoes coming to Nigeria are now containerised.

The container traffic started in Nigeria in 1966 when NNSL and two UK shipping lines formed African Container Express; they made arrangements with the Nigeria Railway Company to transfer containers from Apapa to Kaduna container terminals.

The rail link between Lagos and the North was then running smoothly. Today that is history, he said.

He claimed that the Federal Government had not made any good investment in uplifting the port facilities especially Tincan Island and Apapa ports.

He also said that the military government made a mistake in authorising the establishment of sugar, wheat and cement factories inside the ports.

Mr Okoye said that it would have been appropriat....

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