Shippers Council Warns Against Development Of Lekki Deep Sea Port Without Rail Connectivity

Shippers Council Warns Against Development Of Lekki Deep Sea Port Without Rail Connectivity

The Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Mr. Hassan Bello has warned against construction of a deep seaport at Lekki by Lagos State Government without rail Connectivity.

He pointed out that the construction of a deep seaport with 9.5 meters draft will no doubt attract 21st Century vessels pointing out that there should be rail connectivity for evacuation of bulky goods.

Bello who made this known in Lagos said that the chaotic traffic situation currently experienced at Apapa and Tin-Can Island port is due to reliance on the road mode for the evacuation of goods and petroleum products.

He therefore advised the Lagos state government to connect Lekki Deep Seaport with Rail line so that the Apapa experience will not be replicated at Lekki in the near future.

Bello also stated that the choice of some towns and cities for the location of Inland Container Depots (ICD’s) was basically due to their proximity to Railway line.

According to him, the Kaduna ICD has been completed with service agreement entered with Nigerian Railway Corporation for evacuation of 20 Containers from Lagos to Kaduna at regular intervals while the Jos ICD has reached 60 percent completion.

Bello disclosed that due to proximity of the Jos ICD to the Airport the Concessionaire of the Jos ICD has entered into agreement with a foreign firm for the air lifting of perishable goods to South Africa and Europe.

He stated further that the licenses of two Concessionaires may soon be revoked if they fail to put the necessary structures in place to make the ICD’s allocated to them functional.

 

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