The managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, reports that the federal government is building a new deep-sea port in Lagos and has two more facilities in view to reduce congestion in state’s the major harbors.
The NPA boss said in an interview on Thursday, April 4: “We have congestion because 80 percent of our cargo goes on the road. You must have that seamless evacuation, if not, it’s laughable to think you will not have congestion.”
The federal government’s move was prompted by the alarm raised by the Nigeria Cashew Exporters Association in March 2019, after experiencing an almost eight-week delay in shipping goods, so that $300 million worth of nuts were stuck in containers on trucks, Bloomberg reports.
The association said that lack of infrastructure, bureaucracy and corruption at the ports are making things bad for the business.
In her speech, Usman also revealed that the ministry of transportation is building a new railway to the Lagos ports to speed up the evacuation of cargo. Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) said it deployed 1,000 personnel to monitor traffic during the Presidential Campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, February 9, in Lagos. Chris Olakpe, LASTMA chief executive officer, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, February 7.