The leaderahip of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has said that the Nigerian seaports are now more efficient and effective, with over 80 percent of cargoes West and Central African countries patronising Nigerian seaports.
This was made known by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr. Hassan Bello in Lagos, last Wednesday.
Bello in a statement, said Ghana and Togo port are not a threat to Nigerian seaports because of its efficiency.
Recall that there were recent reports that Lomé port in Togo hosted West Africa’s leading container port, snatching the position from Lagos ports in Nigeria in the last quarter of 2018
This was attributed to the commissioning of the Lomé Container terminal (LCT) which handles containers shipped through the port of Lomé. LCT actually handles nearly 890,000 TEU yearly that is about 75% of containers that transit via the PAL.
But Bello said that despite the feat achieved by the Ghana and Lome ports, Nigeria seaport still remained preferred destination for cargoes in the sub-region.
According to him, “Out of the cargoes that is meant for West and Central Africa coming from around the world, 80 percent of the cargoes comes to Nigeria while other countries share the remaining 20percent and distributed among themselves.
“So, how can they be a hub? Also Nigerian ports are becoming efficient by the day and we are attracting cargoes from other neighbouring ports”, he said.
Bello said further that, “The moment we get our infrastructure right and get our connectivity right, we also patronise our eastern port and also tackle insecurity on the waterways, then that’s where we see the real hub.”
He was optimistic that the actualisation of the Lekki deep-seaport project would further consolidate the hub status.
Hear him, “We have the Lekki deep seaports with its huge capacity and when the Lekki port is completed and it came fully on board, we will get bigger ships and send the smaller ones to other countries.”
Speaking on the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, Bello said the bill would be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari before the end of the current administration.
“The rejection of the bill is a misconception and I would love many of your colleagues to do more research on the issue.” .