LAGOS – Mr Alban Igwe, council member of the Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport, has urged the appropriate authorities to provide policy frameworks to decongest traffic on access roads to Lagos ports.
Igwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that part of the measures could include the provision of facilities in cities outside Lagos to handle port-related activities.
“Lagos only provides access to the other parts of the country because it sits on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a major port.
“We can actually move part of the operations in Lagos outside Lagos because we still have a lot of land in Nigeria. Lagos doesn’t have to be the only route for distribution.
“So if you move it out a little bit, and certain port activities take place in other places, Ogun state for instance, even Ondo state you can create logistic supply chain centres that will handle different types of goods.
“And then we can also employ the rail, just like we have bonded warehouses that all the clearance does not have to be done within the port area.
“We can create logistic supply trade centres where we can do some of the clearing that we do in the port. We don’t need all the vehicles right inside the port.
“As a matter of fact Lagos is just occupying 0.3 per cent of Nigeria’s land area.“
He said that infrastructure in the maritime industry remained largely under-developed because they were concentrated mainly in Lagos.
Igwe said that there was the need to extend the supply chain centres to outside Lagos in other to give room for infrastructure expansion. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]