ENL Consortium has expressed worries over the federal government’s decision to construct rail tracks along the quay apron, saying the project if actualised will negatively affect her operations and delay the turnaround time of vessels at berth.
ENL is the official owner of terminals C and D of the Lagos Ports Complex (LPC).
Speaking during a working visit by members of Nigeria Port Process Manual (NPPM), Implementation Committee to the terminal in Apapa Port during the week, Assistant General Manager, ENL Consortium, Mr. Abiodun Marcus said that management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been advised on the danger inherent on the construction of a rail track at the quayside but added that the government was bent on fixing rail connectivity to link the terminal.
Highlighting other challenges militating against its operations and revenue drive, Abiodun added that 24 hours power generation solely managed by the concessionaire also negates profit-oriented business venture.
According to him, the traffic situation in the Apapa community has not encouraged shipping and port businesses to thrive but maintained that with the NPPM Implementation Committee in place, the tendency for such issues would be resolved in a short period.
He also explained that despite the numerous challenges faced by the concessionaire, taxes and levies were paid as at when due to the federal government from the inception of the port concession pointing out that workers’ salaries were also settled as at when due.
The AGM also frowned at delays in the importation of spare parts for the maintenance and replacement of equipment at the terminal; which in turn affects operations due to some policies established by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Speaking earlier, Coordinator, NPPM, Implementation Committee, Mr. Moses Fadipe assured the concessionaire of government support to assist in addressing some of the challenges.
Fadipe promised to consult with the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation to gather first-hand information about the construction of the new rail tracks at the quay apron at the terminal.
He urged the concessionaire to share vital information with the NPPM Implementation Committee noting that it would go a long way in resolving most of the challenges raised.
“Our problems are compounded by government policies because they are not regular and consistent,” he said.