Operators in Nigeria’s maritime sector, especially those at the Lagos Apapa and Tin Can ports want the Apapa port closed.

Why?

It isn’t for anything sinister or untoward, they believe closing the port will help expedite ongoing work on the Apapa port access roads to decongest the area.

They have asked the federal government to shut down the port completely and allow the road repairs to be carried out without interruption.

Some operators had earlier suggested that cargoes should be diverted to other ports in Nigeria but the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, said that it is not in the hands of government to relocate cargoes.

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But the Chairman, International Freight Forwarders Association, PTML Chapter, Sunny Nnebe, argues that while it might not be in the hands of government to divert cargoes to other ports, the government however has the power to close the port and restrict access.

“If the government shuts down the port completely, importers will know that the port cannot be accessed and they have no option than to move to other ports.

“There are ports in Rivers State; at Onne, ships can berth comfortably. The government should close down the (Apapa) port because the work cannot go on smoothly as long as there are tankers and trucks moving up and down the entire area and disrupting the work,” Nnebe said. 

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