The Nigerian Ports Authority has said that it would not allow any government agency that had not been provided with office spaces to operate inside the port.
The Port Manager of the Tincan Island Ports Complex (TCIP) Lagos, Mr. Babatunde Longe who made this known while playing host to Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) in his office in Lagos recently said that the authority had provided office accommodations to those agencies that were permitted by the government to operate at the ports.
According to him,” we have not provided space for anyone that was not supposed to be at the port. Those who are not supposed to be at the port found themselves there and some of them even use their vehicles as their offices”.
“What is supposed to be done is that anytime these agencies are needed at the port to join in examination, they will be called to take part in it”.
He however commended WILAT for championing the cause of women in the logistics and transport industry.
“WISTA is for the empowerment of women and we are proud of you and for your contribution of building a vibrant and committed woman that will improve the industry. We are here to appreciate you and acquaint other members with the port environment”, Longe said.
The Port Manager used the opportunity of the visit to inform his guests that the management of the NPA was doing everything possible to enhance cargo clearance at the port.
Earlier in her speech, the Global Convener and President of the WILAT, Hajia Aisha Ali-Ibrahim who led the delegation of the association’s leadership noted that the Port Manager had always been there for the association disclosing that the association’s Treasurer was a Head of Department at the Complex and that the Port Manager always attend to the association each time the Treasurer comes.
“His support has been so overwhelming to us. That is why this place is first for our visit. Here in our group, we have women in all the areas of transport and logistics. The uniqueness is that we are the umbrella for everyone in logistics and transport”, she stated.