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FG URGES TERMINAL OPERATORS TO RE-ORGANIZE APAPA SEA-PORT

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that the problem with the apapa Seaport is that of inefficiency, noting that Terminal Operators must contribute to the total reconstruction and reorganization of the Apapa Seaport.

A statement by the media office Of the minister said Mr Amaechi stated this on a TV programme, citing the drastic change in the Port on the day the President visited commission the Deep Blue Project.

He said while on the train with the President he noticed that the Port which initially looked like a marketplace a night before, was very well organized, with no persons found loitering about, nor trucks parked.

Mr. Amaechi said If this can happen in just one night, it means that the problem is management, and nothing else adding that people must not wait for the President to come before they can be efficient.

The minister stated that the Apapa Seaport must be rebuilt taking into cognizance all the issues frustrating the Seaport, like parking space for trucks, And the number of trucks that can be allowed into the Seaport at a time among others.

He reiterated that The Seaport is a security area not meant for everybody unless Those who have business there.

The Minister noted that the Ministry of Transportation will partner with the Customs, and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to solve the problem, adding that freighting of cargoes from the Seaport through the rail, when it begins, will also help in arresting the situation at the Port. Speaking on the recently launched Deep Blue Project being overseen by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Mr Amaechi stated that the project will not only boost security in the country’s waters but will also improve trade in the Gulf of Guinea and reduce the cost of production for the Oil industry while improving revenue for Nigeria’s economy.

He said the President has approved that the Police, Army, Air force and other security agencies should be involved in providing security with the equipment provided adding that there are about 3 helicopters, 2 fixed-wing planes, 17 interceptor boats, 2 vessels, drones, and more; which he said will help detect where the criminals are.

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