Transport minister to tackle container depot and high cargo dwell time

Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, said on Wednesday that she would put processes in place to ensure that shipping companies promptly reimburse container deposits paid by importers and agents.

Speaking at an interactive meeting with maritime stakeholders including terminal operators, shipping lines, freight forwarders and others in Lagos, Saraki disapproved of the high cost of doing business in the country’s seaports, promising to reverse the trend.

She said she would work with other stakeholders to reduce the wait time for cargo at the port, while ensuring stakeholders have sustained communication and engagement to make the ports more productive.

“The maritime industry is a cornerstone of our national economy and as such, we need to ensure that the infrastructure is adequate and that there is synergy in the industry while providing access to all of our stakeholders.

“And communication is the first step to solving any business problem. So we are here to talk with our stakeholders. This Town Hall will hopefully bridge any communication gaps and take the sector to greater heights.

“The enterprise architecture that we plan to put in place will ensure dynamic and not stagnant communication and will fit into the ministry’s plan. At the Federal Ministry of Transport, we value all of our stakeholders as governance and business partners,” said Saraki.

Stakeholders commended Saraki for convening the meeting and assured her of their full cooperation in repositioning the maritime industry for greater productivity.

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