- Femi Gbajabiamila said the two ports in Lagos are overstretched beyond their capacities and needs support of other ports in the country
- The speaker of the house said this during a public hearing on why other ports in the country are not being used maximally
- Meanwhile, Sabiu Zakari, permanent secretary, Ministry of Transportation, blamed the problems on security, lack of cooperation among agencies of government, multiple taxes, etc.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the two Lagos Port Complexes of Apapa and TinCan Island are “overwhelmed and attained breaking points.”
According to The Nation, Gbajabiamila made this known during the opening session of a public hearing on Thursday, August 15.
Legit.ng gathers that the hearing is to determine why the Warri, Port-harcourt, Calabar, Onne and Onitsha River Port Complexes are not being put to maximal use.
Gbajabiamila who was represented by deputy House leader, Hon Peter Akpatason, added that the Lagos ports are overstretched beyond their capacities and needs support of other ports for ease of doing business and improved economy.
Chairman of the ports committee on public hearing, Hon Yusuf Buba Yakub, stated that his committee is out to query and determine why some of the ports have been operating below expected capacities.
He added that the committee will seek to also question why the port situation has remained unpleasant in spite of the many efforts of government over the years at making the Nigerian ports virile.
“What this means is that about five inland port complexes in Warri, Calabar, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and Onne have all failed to provide alternative or even consummate services to aid decongestion of two Lagos Ports Complexes,” he regretted.
Also speaking at the event, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, blamed the problems on security, lack of cooperation among agencies of government, multiple taxes, levies by some state government and depths of channels.
Zakari also blamed the Cross Rivers state government and local government authorities for imposing levies that tend to discourage maritime operators.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, said roads and accessibility made the Lagos ports preferable to Nigerians than others.
The NPA boss said there is congestion at the Lagos ports because most of the products imported into the country through them were consumed by residents of Lagos and neighbouring states.
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