The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) has said that the Lagos seaports have the capacity of creating 10,000 jobs in the year 2018. The director – general of the LCCI, Muda Yusuf said this was based on the findings of LCCI Maritime Port Reform research.
Quoting the reform findings, he said , “It is believed that the port can double its 2016 non-oil volume of 1.1 million TEUs over the period, 2018-2019?” He however, noted that this could be achieved provided the expected reform measures are implemented.
This has a potential of creating new 10,000 jobs within the port sector and lead to approximately 800,000 additional jobs in the industry over the same period, he said. According to him estimates from LCCI research on ‘Maritime Ports Reform’ showed that hundreds of billions of naira were lost annually due to inefficiencies and inherent shortcomings in the nation’s ports.
He stated, “To achieve the much-needed efficiency and productivity in the Nigerian Maritime Ports the following reforms and policy measures are essential: Adopt and enforce an Integrated Advance Cargo and customs clearance system, with scanning, and tracking (SST) capabilities.
“Implement the National Trade Data Centre project that is readily accessible to all agencies, operators and stakeholders at all times and everywhere to eliminate inherent abuses. Full Implementation of a Single Window Platform. This is the most vital reform measure with potential to create immediate cross-cutting positive impact in the port.”
The LCCI also called for the expansion of private sector investment, building and management of ports infrastructure such as roads, rail and truck parks with online call-up systems. Other suggestion include the enforcement of the Presidential Order that reduced the number of public sector agencies/departments from 14 to 6 at the ports, as well as allowing shipping companies to establish adequate holding bay for empty containers.
The LCCI has lamented that in 2017, users and operators at the Nigerian Ports faced some major challenges and bottlenecks namely, deplorable state of roads leading to the Lagos Ports – Apapa and Tincan Island Ports, infrastructure and technology breakdown.
“While we acknowledge the ongoing collaboration between some private firms and Government to fix the port roads, there is need for urgent palliative measures to enhance movement of traffic in this axis,” he added.
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