Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), on Monday called on contractors handling the Mile 2/Tin Can Island Port road along the Oshodi Apapa Expressway to speed up work especially as the yuletide season is fast approaching with volume of imports expected to increase at the port.
Hassan made the call when he visited some shipping companies in Lagos. He said the high cost of doing business at the port is due to huge infrastructure deficit evident in the deplorable state of the port access roads. He added, “We are going to ask the Federal Ministry of Works to look at the road as a special road and facilitate quick delivery of that road.
“The Mile 2/Tin Can road is central and essential. So we want the construction to be fast-tracked and we will make adequate presentation to that effect. “We know there are lots of problems. Even now, there are high costs of doing business in Nigerian ports but there is no formal increase in charges by providers of shipping services neither the terminals nor shipping companies or government institutions.
“We know that people are facing many hardships but I am urging them to have an optimistic view like I have that by March we will turn to normalcy.”
Source: Ships and Ports