The Minister of Transportation Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has urged Nigerdock to regularise its operational licenses with the Nigerian Ports Authority for it to compete fairly with other competitors in the industry.
Sambo who visited Nigerdock during the week disclosed that the Federal Government was ready to lift the suspension order on Nigerdock considering its huge contributions to the growth of the national economy.
Addressing the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerdock, Maher Jarmakani, the Minister pointed out that his company was suspended as a result of complaints from other terminal operators, saying Nigerdock had operating advantages over them.
Sambo who was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye said “What led to your suspension was that I received complaints from terminal operators, saying that you are not on the same level with them. In the sense that they pay more to the government than you do. You’re likely to attract freight at much lower cost to the detriment of their businesses.
“We will never do anything to undermine the things you are doing here in terms of generating wealth and jobs for Nigerians. The only thing we are saying is that the law should be followed. We should not encourage lawlessness.”
Responding, the CEO, Nigerdock, Maher Jarmakani, said the firm has taken notable steps in this regard as they have been granted bonded permits by the Nigerian Customs and they are currently working with Nigerian Ports Authority to ensure all processes of getting the needed approvals are followed accordingly.
“We are seeking your support Honourable Minister and that is why we wrote a letter of appeal for your guidance and your support to see that we have followed all processes and procedures” Jarmakani stated.
Furthermore, Jarmakani informed the Minister that in the 30 years of its existence, Nigerdock has employed more Nigerians than its peers, assuring that the company will not undermine the country’s extant rules and regulations.