By Ajibola Abayomi,
Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi has expressed confidence that the second segment of the Lagos–Kano Standard Gauge Rail which would connect the Lagos Port Complex directly has commenced.
Speaking at the one-day National Conference on fast-tracking Ports Reforms at Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, Ameachi said that “efforts were on going by the government to link Nigerian Ports and Terminals to other modes of transport which includes road, air and rail.
The minister also told the gathering that government is in the process of establishment of Integrated Port and Maritime Data Centre which would generate reliable trade data that would be readily available to all agencies, operators and stakeholders at all times eliminating inherent abuses.
Also speaking, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman expressed the need to have an efficient rail system to move agricultural produce and solid minerals from the production zones at the hinterland to the seaports for export.
She said that there was already a surge in export of agricultural produce as exemplified in frozen shrimps and prawns, sesame seed, cashew, soya beans and ginger amongst others.
In his own remark, the Managing Director and Editor in Chief of The Nation Newspapers, Mr. Victor Ifijeh called for immediate resolution of the problems be-labouring the Ports until realizable template with define timelines are reached.
He said argued that that in order to achieve success in the sector, agencies within the Ports need to harmonise their plans and carry along other stakeholders in the industry.