Thirty-five ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are alleged to arrive at Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos between April 4 to April 26.
This was stated in a publication; ‘Shipping Position’, released by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in a copy which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
NPA explained that the expected ships contained buck wheat, empty containers, bulk salt, bulk sugar, frozen fish, general cargoes, ethanol, containers, crude palm olein, steel products, diesel and petrol.
The document noted that four ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with petrol and aviation fuel.
NAN reports that 15 other ships are at the ports discharging general cargoes, wheat, Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO), containers, bulk coal and petrol.
Note that the Nigerian Port Authority is in charge of the Apapa Port Complex, Port Harcourt, and the Delta Ports of Warri, Koko, Sapele, Alajda Steel Jetty and the crude oil terminals of Escravos, Forcados and Pennington, and the Calabar ports. The agency is undergoing privatisation.
Currently it is estimated that due to the huge population of the country, the Nigerian economy accounts for about 70% of all seaborne trade in the West African sub-region. But her seaports’ operational profile ranked low in efficiency among maritime nations of the world.
A report written on Five Star Logistics Ltd., said Nigerians who had to do business at the seaports before the onset of seaport concession went through a baptism of fire because of the difficulties which include various forms of shoddiness, lack of plants and equipment, pilferage, bribery and allied vices were carried out by miscreants called wharf rats, by unscrupulous labour contractors who held ship masters and agents to ransom even after they have paid all official fees, and by a multiplicity of poorly coordinated federal law enforcement and security operatives.
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