Freight forwarder calls for lighter terminals to decongest Lagos ports

Freight forwarder calls for lighter terminals to decongest Lagos ports

The creation of lighter terminals for freights is the best way Nigeria as a country can decongest Lagos ports.

This was the submission of a freight forwarder and  Managing Director of Widescope International Group,  Mr Segun Musa,  during an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

He said that lighter terminals and an electronic call-up system would decongest the ports.

He advised that other terminals should not be abandoned but used more frequently.

Musa said that with an electronic call-up system, congestion due to customs and police checkpoints would be addressed.

‘’In freight forwarding,  we continue to educate our people that it is an informal sector and we are all trying to make it look formal and trying to make people know their right from their left.

‘’ There is need for lighter terminals on other corridors; It is the first measure to decongest Apapa corridor,” he said.

Musa also advised that governments should not operate truck parks as a means of decongesting ports, but should encourage private investors to run such parks.

He said that it was not the government’s responsibility to manage parks.

“Rather, they should be privatised with the provision of an enabling environment by governments as well as setting up of standards and guidelines.

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