Dangote Port Operations, owners of Greenview Development Nigeria Limited (GDNL) terminal in Apapa, has pledged its support to Shippers Association of Lagos (SALS). It said the port cannot survive without the shippers.
GDNL Managing Director, Captain Joshua Oyewunmi made the pledge when SALS President Rev. Jonathan Nicole visited the terminal.
Oyewunmi said the shippers’ association is a watchdog, which keeps all operators, especially the terminal operators on their toes, adding that the association stands for honesty and integrity
“We know the importance of the shippers’ association in port operations. We know that you are very important to the nation, you are also a sort of life wire to all of us, so we must also keep you going.
“We continue to look up to you as a form of watchdog to make everybody tow the line of honesty. We know that without you, we may also derail and we know that you can also guide us against doing something wrong” he said.
On the forthcoming event tagged: “Towards a New Port Order”, which is anchored by SALS and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Capt Oyewunmi assured that the group would support the organisers of the event to make it a success.
“You cannot do this thing alone on your own. We have to give you support and when we talk about support, we are not just talking about members, but also financial support. There is nothing one can do without financial support and you can always count on Dangote group to give you 100 per cent support,” he said.
Rev. Nicole called for a new port reform where cost of doing business would be drastically reduced and controlled.
The SALS President said nothing much has been achieved on cargo management and urged the Nigeria Customs Service to provide the enabling platforms to instill sanity in cargo clearance at the ports. He wondered why the old order still operates at the ports.
“Shipping and terminal charges are on the increase. Most of the existing clearing hazards are still in the port. The emergence of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as economic regulator is yet to achieve its objectives, because they are being strangulated by lack of funds.
He solicited more financial, moral and professional support for SALS by presenting its programme before President Goodluck Jonathan and seeking recognition in government circles.
“We have reached a stage where we have to forge a new road map for posterity,” Nicole said.
He lamented the traffic gridlock on Apapa road, saying that it has impeeded effective operations at the ports.—The Nation