. ‘Intermodal transport ‘ll reduce road traffic around Apapa port axis’
.’Solid minerals export to create employment’
.’Stakeholders should key into opportunity through Public Private Partnership (PPP)’
|TRADE NEWSWIRE|: A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has flagged off the first export consignment of manganese, a solid mineral resource from the Ikorodu lighter Terminal enroute Apapa Port to various export destinations across the world, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
NPA MD said the Authority decided to adopt ‘Intermodal Transport’ method to facilitate efficient and effective movement of goods; and also to reduce the traffic pressure on roads in and around the Apapa port axis in view of the ongoing road construction therein.
Intermodal transport: can be defined as the movement of goods in one and the same loading unit that uses successively several modes of transport without handling the goods themselves in changing transport modes.
Containerised barge: Can be described as a container on barge, which is a form of Intermodal freight transport where containers are stacked on a barge and towed to a destination on the Inland waterway.
“NPA is ready to partner with any agency or company which will give a pride of place to intermodal transport as the continuous reliance on our road is no longer feasible and should be discouraged,’’Usman said.
Usman added that the event was of huge economic advantage to the country and that using barges to ferry containers of solid mineral across the waters to the APM Terminal within Apapa Ports would help to elongate the life of the nation’s roads, as the mode of export would be encouraged.
A statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Alhaji Abdullahi Goje, the Managing Director, stated that the occasion was an eye opener and also served to generate more revenue for the nation and provide employment opportunities.
She called on stakeholders to key into the window of Public Private Partnership (PPP) opportunity, added that the occassion further deepens NPA Management efforts at complying with the federal government’s directives on the Ease of Doing Business at the nation’s Sea Ports whilst the rehabilitation of the Ports access roads are ongoing at Apapa.
In partnering with and encouraging private initiatives, the MD NPA added that Management would ensure the deployment of Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) with the view to complying with international best practices.
The Chief Executive Officer of Connect Rail Services Limited (CRSL), Edeme Kelikume, representing the service provider appreciated the NPA’s role in the provision of the enabling environment for the take-off of the project.
It would be recalled that from inception the present NPA Management made bold that it would promote the stimulation of export trade through the nation’s sea ports.