One of the chieftains of the umbrella body of licensed customs agents in the country, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Enoch Iwueze, has drummed support for the nation’s seaports located in the eastern part of the country.
While decrying the overconcentration of shipping activities in the seaports situated in Nigeria’s commercial nerve center, Lagos, Iwueze called for the implementation of policies and programmes that will enhance operations in eastern ports.
He enjoined stakeholders in the maritime sector of the economy to give what he called “their unalloyed support” in the measures put in place by the Federal Government to make shipping operation in eastern ports better than its present level.
According to him, “efforts by the Federal Government to ease the congestion in Lagos ports should be sustained in the months ahead. It does not make any economic sense that the eastern ports are virtually idle while the ones in Lagos are congested, thereby bringing pains, sorrow and unnecessary additional cost to port users and others in the cargo clearance chain.”
Recall that the biggest vessel to ever call Nigeria, Maersk Stadelhorn with length overall of 300 meters and beam of 48.2 metres, and capacity to carry about 10,000 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers, berthed at the Rivers port.
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