Category: Opinion

Do you think the completion of the truck holding bay at Tin Can Island port will solve the traffic problem in Apapa?

It may take off the pressure from the road but that is as far as the trucks carrying containers are concerned. We know that the tankers are also contributing to the...

Do you support the devolution of powers to Customs zones?

Of course, that is the right thing and that is how it ought to be. It is because the zones are not empowered that is why we have trade issues drag on for too long....

What do you think of the imposition of charges on the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) by the Nigerian Shipper’s Council?

We believe this will lead to increase in cost of doing business to our members so it is something we would not want to support. I t is going to create additional work....

What are your expectations from the new Transport Minister?

The new minister has a lot on ground. There are a lot of paper work and recommendation for him to work on.  For example, in the shipping aspect, there is need for him...

Do you support the ongoing reorganization in Customs?

It is okay because even when you prune a tree, it brings out more beautiful branches.  Although the retired officers have a lot to offer in terms of experience, it’s...

Do you support that the former Destination Inspection Service providers take over maintenance of scanning machines at the ports?

I am very much in support that they take over. Customs hands are filled with many jobs so if they relieve them of scanning operations and handover to the former ...

Do you support the lifting of ‘restriction’ on importation of rice through the land borders?

I know that with the lifting of the ban, rice importation will also suffer some set back because we will have a lot of it coming through the borders which will never be...

Are you satisfied with the pace of activities at the various Customs commands since the appointment of Ali?

Everything is slow but the Comptroller General (CG) is doing his job. He has come to play his own part to carry out instructions from the President who assigned him to...

How has the maritime sector fared 55 years after independence?

The shipping industry particularly in the aspect of Nigerian participation has not taken off well. We had a good start but midway it collapsed. We should be looking at...

Is the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) doing enough to move cargoes from the port?

If the train is working effectively, we won’t be experiencing the type of traffic congestion we are seeing on Apapa road. I don’t think they are doing enough...

Do you think the restriction on movement of trucks to nighttime by the LASG can be sustained?

It cannot be sustained because as there is no guarantee for security of both the driver and the goods. We carry goods worth more than N20 million and without provision...

Do you support the implementation of the law restricting movements of articulated trucks to nighttime in Lagos?

I will support the directive if the issue of security and the condition of our roads are looked into. As it is, there is no security which is very key for safety of the...