The Executive Vice Chairman of ENL Consortium Limited, Princess Haastrup, has described the Nigerian Port Complex, Apapa area of Lagos state, as the gateway to the economy of the country.
Haastrup made the remark on Wednesday, October 7, after formal commissioning of the facility situated along Ebute Metta Creek, Ijoa area of the state.
Techeconomy.ng business correspondent who was at the event reported that the vice chairman explained that the maritime sector is big and strategy to Nigerian economy.
According to her, “As a matter of fact, the port is the gateway to the Nigerian economy but what we have today is just a nightmare.
“Trucks and people find it difficult to access the port because of the deplorable condition of the roads and bridges in the area.
Speaking about the ongoing roads and bridges construction in the area, Haastrup said: “So, this an opportunity for me to appeal to the federal government and ministry of works to speak to the contractors to speed up the job.
“And if the contractors need to be paid to continue working, they should be paid because I heard that they are not being paid but I believe that this is a responsible government and I know that they will intervene.
Haastrup who stated that there is a call for more investors along Lagos state, port corridor said the industry needs the right infrastructure and enabling environment.
She said: “We don’t even have enough, there is room for more expansion of port and container terminals but what will support such an expansion in the industry is the right infrastructure and enabling environment.
“And the question is what were we doing right in the last ten years that we are not doing today, we need to have a holistic view about it.”
And when asked about what the terminal operators are doing concerning the issue of containers falling down from trucks, she said: “The containers lashing is not the responsibility of the operators.
“We have security agencies who should ensure that whenever a container is leaving the Nigerian port, it should be well lashed.”