|Otunba Kunle Folarin,|
start with in efforts to tackling the traffic gridlock problem facing Apapa,
Otunba Kunle Folarin, Chairman of the Nigerian Port Consultative Council (NPCC) has said.
Folarin said in an interview in Lagos on Tuesday, that as much as it
required a number of factors to deal with the problem, which in turn affects
the cost and time of cargo movement, a dedicated facility to handle the
container traffic must be built.
port and also exit containers from the port. Until we have a dedicated
container traffic infrastructure capable of handling the rapid flow of the
traffic, there would still be challenges.
disappeared, because they are not coming from a dedicated corridor, they are
not coming from a freight station, which is pre-planned. They are coming when they
are ready, flowing in and out of the port,” Folarin said.
chaotic traffic situation within the port city impacts negatively on export
efforts in Nigeria.
challenge. When you look at Nigeria and the talk about efforts to grow the non-oil
sector, it should translate into growing the port sector. Because, whatever you
do by creating produce for export, semi-finished materials for export, iron and
steel, you still have to transport them into the port.
containers and empty containers, then, what you need to earn the foreign
exchange is not going to materialize. In order words, it is important that the
country considers the establishment of a dedicated container freight station to
deal with the demand.
hold on to the pressure from the port. But then, the challenges that we have is
“How do we deal with the feedback from the transport system;
the container, the empty container traffic is still a big challenge, the
holding bays are not operational yet, the truck terminal are not operational
yet and the shipping companies have not fully put up infrastructure to deal
with that problem.”
Far East, which had lately experience growth, may give some answers for
increased need for trucks operating in and out of the port. He also added that
there should have been a direction of what to expect through forecast.
industry, and what affects any part of the global industry affects Nigeria. We
have seen that there had been a kind of element of growth in the Far East part
of the world for which Nigeria is a trading partner.
and matching the infrastructure necessary to receive the growth. And there had
been a challenge since the beginning of the year that there was a kind of buildup
of a slight congestion, but it has since been tackled. But the real issue is to
ensure that we create an environment which should be able to sustain the
pressure of Apapa port.”
transport infrastructure, Folarin also thinks that efforts should be geared
towards creating dedicated port corridors since any road facility would equally
serve the municipal corridors.
transport system as key ingredient for global trade, which should be fully
incorporate for an enabling business environment.