The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, has disclosed that 2,500 trucks are needed daily include trucks for loading cargo and oil products at tank farms and seaports.
He said that tariffs and rates were the entire components of processing goods from the ports to the end users.
Mr Hassan Bello stated this during the Maritime Business Round Table Breakfast Meeting, organised by ZOE Maritime Resources Ltd, on “Tariffs and Rates As Stimulants of Growth for the Nigerian Economy” held in Lagos.
Bello was represented by the Director, Marketing Analysis and Tariff Administration Regulations Service of the Council, Mrs Margaret Ogbonna at the event.
According to him, the country has been able to create Port Service Support Portal in collaboration with some government agencies to enable port users channel their complaints for solutions.
“The Nigerian Shippers’ Council recently carried out a road survey on Apapa port road and it was discovered that about 5,000 to 6,000 trucks patronise Apapa ports area daily, while the entire Apapa port needed only 2,500 trucks daily to take consignments out of the port.
“The 2,500 trucks needed daily include trucks for both tank farms and seaports.
“NSC had sent recommendations to the Minister of Transportation and other agencies to ensure they work on modalities to ensure port roads are accessible,” Bello said.
He emphasised the need to make Nigerian ports automated to stop the arbitrary charges, saying that Nigeria Customs Service should work towards facilitating trade rather than generating revenue to make Nigerian ports competitive.
Bello said there was need for strategic development and collaboration for good connectivity to enable goods to get to end users as fast as possible, noting that transparency should be emulated.