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    Maritime Agencies Are Under Fire As The FG Moves To Streamline Excesses

    ByHybrid Communications

    Jun 23, 2022

    The Federal Government is currently taking steps to simplify their excesses, and there are significant indications that the axe may be hanging over the heads of several marine authorities.

    Pointers to this emerged when the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, met with terminal operators on Wednesday, during which she openly expressed concern on issues surrounding the high cost of doing business at the nation’s Seaports.

    This would be the first time, the federal government would open up on such issues publicly since the port was commissioned, about 15 years ago.

    At the meeting, the Minister promised to address the issue, noting that the port must be made to be more attractive and competitive in the West and Central Africa region.

    Senator Gbemisola Saraki who expressed concern at the pains of the organized private sector, said discussions were on at different level to address the situation.

    Those at the interactive meeting with maritime stakeholders include terminal operators, shipping companies, freight forwarders and others.

    Saraki said she would put processes in place to ensure that shipping companies promptly refund container deposits paid by importers and agents.

    She said she would work with other stakeholders to reduce cargo dwell time at the port.

    The Minister assured the stakeholders of sustained communication and engagement of stakeholders to make the ports more productive.

    “The maritime industry is a major engine room in our national economy and as such, we must ensure that infrastructure is adequate and that there’s synergy across the industry while providing access to all 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 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,” Saraki said.

    The stakeholders commended Saraki for convening the meeting and assured her of full cooperation to reposition the maritime industry for greater productivity.

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