Stakeholders urge NPA to revive Ikorodu lighter terminal

Hadiza Bala Usman
Hadiza Bala Usman

The chairman, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, Obinna Okafor, has urged the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to revive business at the Ikorodu Lighter terminal.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos recently, Mr Okafor urged the NPA to ensure quick transfer of cargoes that are over 90 days as stipulated by the law

According to him, by doing so, importers that still wish to clear their goods would easily have access to them.

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He, however, noted that the Lagos ports were currently littered with overtime containers thereby making ease of doing business difficult at the port.

“We want to thank the leadership of NPA for granting us this opportunity. NAGAFF deemed it fit to commence the campaign of moving overtime cargo to Ikorodu lighter terminal with the support of the NPA, knowing that this would benefit the government in terms of international trade sustainability, revenue drive and port decongestion,” he stated.

Mr Okafor, therefore, appealed to the NPA to ensure that all overtime containers are expressly transferred to lkorodu lighter terminal which is the only government warehouse.

He said: “We know that without NPA’s support, Customs cannot move overtime cargoes. Also, in our engagement with Customs, they made us understand that they don’t have facilities to move overtime cargoes from the ports.

“We will need the support of NPA in ensuring that overtime cargoes that has spent above the days specified by law be moved to Ikorodu lighter terminal Warehouse to keep Ikorodu port moving.’’