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FG Charged on Infrastructural Projects

The Federal Government has been charged to develop a long term Port infrastructural projects that will accommodate future expansion and growth under a well-structured socio- economic policies. 

This was part of the communique issued at the end of a day seminar on the ‘Sustainability of the Lagos Ports access roads Decongestion, lasting solutions,’ organized by the League of Maritime Editors which held at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos recently. 

It was also recommended that the Federal Government should move away from adhoc approach in tackling national economic exigencies as these response measures merely enlarge corruption without providing efficient and timely solutions. 

Also, participants advised the government to adopt policies that put time frame on critical interventions in matters of infrastructural decay in the Port industry which promoted systemic corruption and constitutes huge drain on the national treasury. 

It was further recommended that the government should adopt a fast track procurement measure that would enable the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) take quicker decision, especially in the recently introduced truck call-up system. 

There was also a resolution that the Federal government should adopt deliberate policies that will reduce high cargo traffic to Lagos seaports and increase cargo traffic to the Eastern seaports. 

Participants also resolved that the Federal Government should adopt a timely and pragmatic approach to the total implementation of the proposed inter-modal transportation system to ease the evacuation of cargo from the ports and also to pay special attention to water cargo transportation through barges.

The Federal government was called upon to immediately design container trade policies to stem the tide of dumping of toxic containers at the Nigerian seaports. 

-Dedeigbo Ayodeji

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