The Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, on Wednesday expressed concerns on high cost of doing business at the ports.
Saraki said that delay in clearing goods out of the nation’s ports was having a negative effect on cost of doing business, adding that this has to be addressed.
Speaking during an interactive session with stakeholders in the maritime industry made up of freight forwarders, terminal operators and shipping companies, she said the ugly trend has to be changed.
The Minister promised to work with the stakeholders to change the cargo dwell time in the seaports.
She also promised to ensure that container deposits paid by importers are refunded in good time once those containers are returned.
Saraki pointed out the importance of regular engagement with stakeholders, adding that it was important for more productive measures in the ports.
According to her, “This town hall meeting will hopefully bridge any communication gap and drive the sector to a greater height.
“The enterprise architecture we plan on implementing will ensure that the communication is dynamic and not stagnant and integrate into the ministry’s plan. At Federal Ministry of Transportation, we value all our stakeholders as partners in governance and business”.
She described the maritime industry as a major engine room of the national economy which needs adequate infrastructure.