From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Twelve days after it sailed off from the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal on a journey of about six hours to the Apapa Port after its ceremonial flag-off, there are growing concerns about why the first barge of the export solid mineral resource, manganese, was yet to reach the port.
According to information from the terminal, the consignments were yet to arrive their APM Terminal destination just as the service provider, Connect Rail Services Limited (CRSL), was yet to explain why they were yet to reach destination for export, thereby raising concerns that the operations were premature.
On further inquiries, the Chief Executive Officer of CRSL, Mr. Edeme Kelikume, said he would reply on the development.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, while flagging off the ferrying of solid export containers to points of departure by barge from Ikorodu through APM Terminal at Apapa on February 7, 2018, stated that such practice would prolong the lifespan of the roads.
She urged stakeholders to take advantage of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) window, assuring that the NPA would comply with the Federal Government’s directive on Ease of Doing Business at the seaports while the rehabilitation of the ports access roads continued.