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NPA reaffirms designation of Ijora, Ikorodu Lighter Terminal for Agro exports

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reiterated the designation of the Lily Pond Terminal in Ijora and the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, Ikorodu specifically for the Export of Agro-produce.

In her goodwill message on “Nigeria Agricultural Integrated Export Control Plan Zero Rejects Initiative on Agric-Produce” at the Rockview Hotel recently, the Managing Director of the agency, Hadiza Bala Usman stated that the organisation would work conscientiously towards achieving the Government Export Agenda.

She assured the Stakeholders that works had already commenced on the reconstruction of the access roads leading to the Ports in Apapa, adding that security around the axis have been beefed up in collaboration with Security Agents.

She assured that the traffic gridlocks would soon become a thing of the past as the resumed 24 hour Port Operations will among other things, re-position the organisation effectively in anticipation of an increase in the volume of export activities.

NPA boss further revealed that the NPA is also partnering with Terminal Operators to establish Export Desk in all the Terminals to facilitate the Export of Agro-Produce.

Besides, NPA is also collaborating with Terminal Operators and Agencies like the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to re-establish the rail tracks in all the Terminals in Lagos Portsin order to facilitate the conveyance of export Cargoes in line with greater efficient customer services.

In her remarks, the managing director added that negotiation is on-going to direct empty containers to Holding Bays at Bonded Terminals so as to reduce waiting time of trucks on highways.