Maritime Stakeholders Task FG On Long Time Infrastructural Projects

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The Federal Government has-been charged to develop a long term Port infrastructural projects that will accommodate future expansion and growth under a well- structured socio- economic policies.

This was part of the communique issued at the end of a day seminar on the Sustainability of the Lagos Ports access roads Decongestion, lasting solutions, organized by the League of Maritime Editors which held recently at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos.

It was also recommended that the Federal Government should move away from adhoc approach in tackling national economic exigencies as these response measures merely enlarge corruption without providing efficient and timely solutions.

Also, participants advised the government to adopt policies that put time frame on critical interventions in matters of infrastructural decay in the Port industry which promoted systemic corruption and constitutes huge drain on the national treasury.

It was further recommended that the government should adopt a fast track procurement measure that would enable the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) take quicker decision,especially in the recently introduced truck call-up system.

There was also a resolution that the Federal government should adopt deliberate policies that will reduce high cargo traffic to Lagos seaports and increase cargo traffic to the Eastern seaports.

Participants also resolved that the Federal Government should adopt a timely and pragmatic approach to the total implimentation of the proposed imter- modal transportation system to ease the evacuation of cargo from the ports and also to pay special attention to water cargo transportation through barges.

The Federal government was called upon to immediately design container trade policies to stem the tide of dumping of toxic containers at the Nigerian seaports.

The government was also advised to either scrap the Ease of doing business at the Port s initiative by the Presidency or make it more effective by directing the government agencies at the ports to key into the initiative.
Participants advised that the terms of reference of the Task Team on Apapa Access Roads Decongestion should be redefined or the Team be disbanded, in view of the perception that it failed in her responsibility despite the official claim to the contrary.

It was also resolved that future seaports development should encapsulate the fundamentals of social demographics in order to accommodate future expansion.

There was also a resolution that the Federal government should not allow the Lekki Deep Seaport to suffer the same infrastructural deficiencies like Apapa seaports, advising that the new Port should be linked to the national imter- modal transport system.

It was also recommended that the 2006 Seaport privatization should be reviewed in a holistic manner in order to have way for quick repairs and begin the drive for genuine growth of the Nigerian Port System.
Participants commended the League’s advocacy role in her quest for true developmental journalism, especially as it concerns Lagos seaports access Roads crisis.

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