The Minister of Transportation, Jaji Sambo, has stated that he would no longer settle for some other Apapa on the Lekki-Epe axis by means of motion of products out and in of the port.
He stated this on the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria, MARAN thirty fourth Anniversary and Awards with the theme: “16 years of Port Concession: The Pains And The Gains, held in Lagos.
Sambo stated: “Lekki Deep sea port, I have instructed them I don’t need them to transport items to that port or from that port by means of highway. There isn’t any reason we will have to have some other Apapa at Lekki-Epe axis, I won’t settle for it. To get started with, we will have to do barge, allow us to do barge operations and that will additionally deliver numerous jobs for individuals who do barges and those who fabricate barges and others within the chain. At the similar time, construct capability for our other people.
“I used to be very unhappy the day I went to Onne and noticed boxes being uncovered for bodily exam. I have visited the Comptroller General of Customs, CG Col. Hameed Ali, (rtd) particularly to attraction to him to assist in eliminating the scanner room as a result of that room is an obstruction to the rail connection into the port. He instructed me that we had been meant to have made cost to decontaminate where after which after a while they’d come and take away the pavements, I got here again to the ministry and made inquiries and used to be instructed that the ministry have made that cost very long time in the past.
“I will return with proof to turn the CG that cost has been made a very long time in the past and there is not any reason that construction will have to nonetheless be status, I don’t know the way and why on this age we’re nonetheless shifting items throughout the highway.
“When I used to be strolling with the National Inland Water Ways Authority, NIWA, it used to ache me that the inland waterways transportation mode used to be by no means evolved.
“Now, I discovered myself within the using seat, there are two tasks which can be with regards to my middle within the ministry of transportation, the one who is meant to function a hub to Marina when the send comes into the harbor to do their cargo. The different one is channel control, there’s a corporate with Chinese buyers which can be prepared and feature the capability to regulate this channel. I have instructed my other people within the ministry that if I should not have those two tasks off the bottom some persons are going to cry. I will make examples with some other people if those two tasks don’t take off subsequent yr.
“So once we give you the choices then we will now inform the haulage those that you’ll now not take petroleum merchandise by means of highway, you’ll now not take cement by means of highway, and our roads would even last more. The carnage on our roads because of those articulated automobiles and dying fatalities brought about by means of those automobiles can be decreased.
“I am additionally glad to have famous that all over my discuss with to the CG he stated one of the crucial problems they’d used to be that they have got scanners within the port however the ones scanners weren’t functioning; just a few weeks in the past the minister of finance went to fee it. When subsequent I discuss with, I would to find out, now that the scanners had been commissioned, I hope we’re going to see numerous enhancements within the clearing procedure.
“One of the issues that I am additionally pursuing is the port neighborhood device, which is our surest option to making our shipment filter out of our port in a question of hours. If smaller African nations have their port neighborhood device operating why can not our personal paintings?
“The deep blue project is responsible for protecting Nigeria’s maritime domain but for the past year that President Muhammadu Buhari launched this project in Lagos, we have not had any cases of piracy in our maritime domain and I think that is an achievement in the sense that in the next one year or two, if we are able to convince International Maritime Organisation, IMO and others, then our insurance cost for goods imported into Nigeria would be much lower because right now we pay war risk insurance,” Sambo stated.