By Oluyinka Onigbinde
The executive Director of Sifax Haulage and logistics Major Henry Ajetunmobi has described the challenges bedeviling the Nigeria Port as a macrocosm of what goes on in the larger Nigerian society.
Speaking with some selected Journalists recently, the Executive Director highlighted the challenges inhibiting the Nigerian port and how it has affected trade and business in Nigeria.
According to him “the Nigerian port is not where it ought to be because the expectation that came along with concession is far from being fully met.
“Customer friendliness is part of the expectation of the reform process which led to the concessioning of the port and that services rendered to users will come at cheaper rate, that has really not been realized.
“And one of the reasons is that the cost of efficiency has become a burden on terminal operators rather than something that should have been shared by key players which include shipping line and more principally the government itself”.
Ajetunmobi added that faceless business transactions has been so difficult in our port as a result of corruption which has eaten deep into our system.
“What we have in the port system today is a macrocosm of what goes on in the larger Nigerian society. Faceless business transactions has been so difficult in our port due to those things that add to port cost
“And port cost is the totality of what it takes a person who comes to do business in the port to get his he or her business done. So is beyond receipted payment” he said.
Ajetunmobi however urged the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and other key player to join force in the regulation of rules that will ensure the efficiency of the port system.
He added that Sifax group has been waxing strong despite the economic situation due to the magnanimity of the chief investors.