The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi has called for the establishment of a tripartite committee that will put in place a frame work for the effective utilization of the Ikorodu Terminal in Lagos.
Mallam Abdullahi made this call yesterday at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal while on a joint inspection of the Terminal with Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Alli [Rtd]’
The Managing Director suggested that the committee to comprise of the Nigeria Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, and the Federal Ministry of Transport, is to be mandated to interface with other stakeholders to work out modalities for the optimal utilization of terminal.
Speaking in the same vein, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col, Hameed Alli emphasized the need for a meeting, preferably a technical committee that will come with proposals or modalities on putting the terminal to optimal use.
He said both Nigeria Customs Service and Nigerian Ports Authority are partners in progress and that the two agencies should work together for the mutual benefits of the country.
Col. Alli directed that the Service the Zone A command should look into how the two large warehouses in Ikorodu, described as the largest in Nigeria could be well utilized.
On accessibility to the terminal, in addition to roads, both the Comptroller General and the Managing Director of NPA emphasized the need for the opening of the water ways through dredging so that importers and exporters can patronize the terminal.
The Comptroller General visited Ikorodu Terminal as part of his tour of Zone A of the Command in Nigeria which comprises Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti states.
The Managing Director was accompanied on the tour by the General Manager Western Ports of NPA, Chief Michael Ajayi and General Manager, Public Affairs, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu.