Nigeria wins international maritime award

On infrastructure, he said that “the roads are being constructed and the trailer parks are going to be available to handle traffic overflow,” while the manual call-up system will be perfected within one week and the electronic call-up ready by end of August. “This will ensure that trucks are called only when they are needed without every of them rushing to Apapa at the same time,” he said. Bello added that the shippers’ council has identified about 54 private parks that would be put to use and would complement the one being completed by the Federal Government overlooking the Tincan Island Port. He said the simplification of processes and procedure would help in easing the traffic congestion and operations at ports, but emphasised the need for cooperation and synergy among the parties involved for the problem to be solved. Also speaking, Kayode Opeyefa, vice chairman of the presidential task team, said government understood the role of the ports and was working towards ameliorating the situation. “A lot of factories are based in Apapa and if the cost of doing business is high, it affects pricing, but it is about to come down, it will translate to cost reduction. Opeifa said the task team has been able to within two weeks of consistent efforts, move trailers and trucks from Funsho Williams Avenue, Eko Bridge and Ikorodu Road, as well as Ijora-Olopa to Marine Beach. “In these areas, we have achieved 100 percent compliance of what we are expected to do in terms truck removal from the bridge, extortion reduction, deploying an effective traffic management plan and direction while the deployment of call up system is predicated upon the availability of truck terminals. He said the Lilypond terminal is now available for trucks and everything was being done to ensure it operates on 24-hour basis within days from now. “Our assignment was predicated upon the fact that Tin-can trailer park would be available while park B,C, and D would have been cleared by the Lagos State government but they are yet to be fully available because it takes a lot of stakeholders engagement,” he said.

The Federal Government’s partnership with private sector and a Civil Society group – Convention on Business Integrity to curb corruption at the seaports has earned Nigeria the first ever “Outstanding Achievement in Collective Action Award” of the Switzerland-based Basel Institute on Governance.

According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, this was disclosed when a delegation of the CBi paid a courtesy call on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The statement said the positive strides recorded were due to the joint efforts of the Federal Government agencies  including Shippers Council, ICPC, DSS and the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, the Technical Unit on Governance & Anti-Corruption Reforms, TUGAR, alongside the CBi, through the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network; the cost of a ship berthing in Nigeria, often aggravated by unreceipted extortions, has now drastically reduced from $150,000 per vessel that arrives in the country to about $20,000.

According to CBi Co-Founder, Olusoji Apampa, the success recorded is now attracting international reviews as countries such as Egypt, Ukraine and India.

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