NPA mulls strategy for full utilisation of Ikorodu lighter terminal

Managing Director NPA, Mallam HAbib Abdullahi(Left) and CGC, Col. Hammed Ali(rtd.)  
Developing a framework for effective utilisation of Ikorodu Lighter Terminal is essential, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) observed on Wednesday at the Ikorodu terminal.

Abdullahi , who was on a joint inspection of the terminal with the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Alli (Rtd) said a tripartite committee would be needed to carry out the assignment.

He suggested that the committee to comprise of the Nigeria Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, and the Federal Ministry of Transport, should be mandated to interface with other stakeholders to work out modalities for the optimal utilisation of the terminal.

Also,  the Customs Boss, Col. Alli emphasized the need for a meeting, preferably a technical committee that would come with proposals or modalities on putting the terminal to optimal use.
He said both Nigeria Customs Service and Nigerian Ports Authority were partners in progress and that the two agencies should work together for the mutual benefit of the country.

Alli directed that the NCS, the Zone ‘A’ Command should look into having the two large warehouses in Ikorodu, described as the largest in Nigeria, could be well utilised.

On accessibility to the terminal, in addition to roads, both the Comptroller General, and the Managing Director of NPA emphasized the need for the opening of the water ways through dredging so that importers and exporters can patronize the terminal.

The Comptroller General visited Ikorodu Terminal as part of his tour of Zone A of the Command in Nigeria which comprises Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti states.

The Managing Director was accompanied on the tour by the General Manager Western Ports of NPA, Chief Michael Ajayi and General Manager, Public Affairs, Capt.  Iheanacho Ebubeogu.