According to statistics from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), within the first quarter of 2019 two hundred and thirteen (213) ships with a tonnage of six million seven hundred and seventy-eight thousand three hundred of ninety-seven (6,778,397) with a cargo throughput of four million seven hundred and ninety thousand two hundred and eighty-two (4, 790, 282) utilized the Tin Can Island Port.
The Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIP) Engr. Emmanuel Akporherhe, who revealed this while welcoming the board members of NPA to the Ports, stated that the development was an improvement of 2018.
Engr. Akporherhe olicited for the renewal of the infrastructure round the Port in other to facilitate greater customer satisfaction, saying that the infrastructure in the Port are over (40) forty years old.
The perennial traffic gridlock on the roads leading to the seaports in Apapa and Tin-Can Island also received more attention from the members of the Board of Directors of the Authority who frowned at the situation.
While assuring that the Board would continue to identify with all efforts to find lasting solution to the problem, the members stated that they were aware of the problem being experienced by the Terminal Operators, Port users and the general public as a result of the traffic gridlock.
The Chairman of the Board Chief Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye spoke on behalf of other members of the Board at the end of their tour of the terminals within the western axis, consisting of Lagos Port Complex (LPC) and Tin-can Island Port on Friday (12th April 2019).
According to the Board chairman the Management is very much aware of the challenges faced by Terminal Operators and Port users in assessing the Port due to the gridlock and assured that the NPA is assiduously working in synergy with other government agencies such as the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in cushioning the pressure on the roads leading to the Port, with the rejuvenation of rail lines in the Port, the call- up system as well as expanding the Port access roads.
He reaffirmed that “the Board is conscious that Badges are currently being used to transfer cargoes from Tin Can and Apapa ports to Ikorodu and Kirikiri Lighter Terminals. This, according to him, has drastically reduced the clog on the wheel of progress on the lane to greater service delivery at the Nation’s seaports.
The NPA Board Chairman stated that on completion, the Lekki Deep sea Port which is a product of Private Public Partnership and great collaboration would help in the efficient movement of Cargo and expressed the strong hope that the Port would be a reference point within the Gulf of Guinea.
Chief Adesoye has reiterated the commitment of the Board and Management of the Authority to provide modern Port infrastructure in all seaports in the country, in order to encourage sufficiency in the system.
The Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Hajia Aishat Ibrahim in her brief to the board members informed them of the activities of the Port and the feats it has attained in its operation.