Interview: How govt can create cargo marshalling area in Apapa- Capt. Iheanacho
Iheanacho said that with the increasing volume of trade and the limited capacity of facilities like the access roads within the port city of Apapa, the government could buy off dilapidated buildings by the waterside of Apapa and knock them down for large space to build the marshalling area.
He added that it was very business unfriendly for trucks to spend as much as 10 hours trying to make their way into the port from Ikorodu road, a mere distance of about 34 kilometres.
He believes that working smart would give better results to government’s efforts at solving the problem. He shared his thoughts on other issues including how indigenous shipowners can
participate in shipping services for the nation’s oil trade.
built? You see all those roads and obsolete buildings that are at the waterside. Is it not easy for government to buy them and knock them down and turn them into marshalling areas for cargo?
Does it not make sense? What we advocate is dynamism. You have to think about it. Not sitting down there. How long does it take for a lorry to travel from Ikorodu road into the ports? Some say it is more than 10 days. It is not acceptable. The government is trying very hard by deploying the military and a lot of resources to try and clear the road. But, we think it takes more than the effects of people marshalling the traffic. It really requires an expansion and a redesign of the port hinterland.
doubled, you would naturally expect to have twice the size of ports that you had in the beginning.
NIDAS. It is contrary to what we are advocating. We are advocating private-sector involvement rather than government-involvement in what private sector are better to do. If NIDAS shipping arises, then some of the private sector shipping concerns that have already taken root will fall down. And that is not what we want. Government should provide an enabling environment, encouragement and support and allow the private sector, and free competition to drive the growth of the industry and the economy.
Capt. Iheanacho’s contribution aims for a dynamic approach to matching and managing resources for optimal results to the benefit of all stakeholders operating in the industry as well for the nation’s economy.