The Port Manager, Tin-Can Island Port (TCIP), Lagos, Emmanuel Akporherhe, has said the port received 213 ships with 6.77 million tonnes of goods in the first quarter of the year.
He made this known while welcoming the board members of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), led by its Chairman, Emmanuel Adesoye, last Friday.
The Tin-Can Island Port was inagurated on October 11, 1977, to address the increase in the volume of imports and exports brought about by the oil boom in the 70s, and the post-civil war reconstruction era.
Urging the board to support the port with more funds to enable it carry out some renovations, Akporherhe commended the efforts of the Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman and her team, in drawing the Federal Government’s attention to the plight of users of the Oshodi-Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway, which he noted was critical to the port business.
Responding, Adesoye said the NPA board visited Lagos ports to assess the impact of the traffic gridlock on port operations. “The solution to the gridlock is currently being addressed although there are few roads and there is also the need to create more roads,” Adesoye said.
He assured that when the railway system becomes operational, together with the concrete road construction of Mile 2–Tin-Can Road– Oworonshoki Road, the problem of gridlock on ports access roads would be a thing of the past.
He also praised the introduction of barges at the Tin-Can Port, Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, saying it was reducing pressure on ports access roads. According to him, the availability of an operational rail system and functional barges would ease the incessant gridlock to a large extent if not completely.
Adesoye said that the Federal and Lagos State Governments had commenced the construction of Lekki Deep seaport to enable bigger vessels call at the port.
Other places visited during the tour were, JosepDam Ports Service Nigeria Ltd. ENL Consortium, Apapa Bulk Terminal, Five Star Logistics, Flour Mills of Nigeria Limited, and APM Terminal.
However, at the APM Terminal, the NPA board members were not allowed in by the company. An official of the firm at the entrance said to nobody in particular: “we were not informed of their coming so how are we to know they will be here?”