- As Etisalat kicks over firm’s demand for N2.2b for alleged copyright
A Maritime industry expert, Lucky Amiwero has advised the Government to establish functional deep sea ports, stressing that the gesture would enable Nigeria control 95 percent of the sub regional cargo, instead of the present 70 -75 percent cargo status.
Highlighting this Monday, in Lagos, Mr Amiwero, who is also the National President, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) observed the need to move fast in this direction, because the nation’s competitors within the West and Central Africa sub-region. were already working in this direction too.
“The development of a load centre leads to new distribution pattern as any new creation within West Africa Sub-region will alter the distribution pattern by siphoning business from Nigerian ports*, Amiwero indicated, noting that this is the common practice..
“This practice is common in the development of transhipment centre.
“Mega container ship with 2000 to 18,000 TUEs are now deployed to the existing load centre that can accommodate them, “ Amiwero said.
But he frowned on the fact that the country was not yet harnessing the benefits of its huge market yet, even as urged the authorities to support the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to ensure good access roads in the ports areas, particularly in the Lagos ports.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the Lagos port access roads, noting the challenges of empty container laden trucks creating bottlenecks to offload, thereby increasing the problems of those already loaded from exiting the ports.
He advised the service providers to work harder, so as to meet the challenges of container delays during clearance due to enormous procedures attached to cargo clearance, which he said was often exacerbated by trucks waiting for client, broken-down trucks, and empty tankers waiting to load fuel or tankers looking for clients.
Amiwero observed that containers usually faced delay while waiting in the container yards; because of long time of processing containers out of ports as well as entry and exit of containers.
He therefore stressed the need for government to eradicate gridlock on ports access road in Lagos to enable the seaports achieve their aim in promoting international trade by generating and boosting commercial activities.
In the meantime, A mobile finance technology firm, V-Exchange Limited, has accused mobile network service provider Etisalat of alleged copyright infringement.
The company is, therefore, demanding N2 billion from the telco as compensation for the alleged infringement on its intellectual property.
But Etisalat Nigeria has denied any infringement on the intellectual property of V-Exchange Limited.
V-Exchange, which specialises in providing instant finance solutions to individuals and corporate entities via intelligent data-driven platform, claimed that they developed ‘Kwik Cash’ loan service which Etisalat recently offered to its customers, alleging that the mobile service provider imitated the solution.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, co-founder of V-Exchange Samuel Ajiboyede claimed that last November 23, he, with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mrs. Kemi Ayinde met with representatives of Etisalat over the company’s product for partnership for mutual benefit.
Ajiboyede said at the meeting, the loan service product was showcased to Etisalat officials who asked to be furnished with more details, which V-Exchange supplied.
Since they already obtained the patent for the product, he claimed that Etisalat officials advised them to obtain the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) Short Code being the only thing remaining for a deal to be sealed between the two entities.
Ajiboyede stated that Etisalat, however, declined its request for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable his company acquire a Value Added Service (VAS) licence to get the Short Code approval from NCC, and lending licence.
He said the deal was already being closed with a financial institution that would take charge of the lending part of the product when it heard that Etisalat had launched the instant loan service without its knowledge and approval.
Additional report from Nation