Exporters hail govt on exportation from Ikorodu terminal - THE NATION
By: Oluwakemi Dauda
The Federal Government has been given the tumbs up for exporting agricultural produce through the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal.
Over 30 export laden containers were moved by barges from the terminal to Lagos sea port as part of measures to decongest the ports and boost the economy.
The gesture, exporters said, would enable Nigerians to maximise the facilities at the moribund terminal.
Speaking during the flag-off of using barges to ferry over 31 containers laden with agricultural produce from Ikorodu to Apapa port, NPA’s Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, said her agency has the mandate to ensure effective utilisation of the Ikorodu terminal for export.
President Muhammadu Buhari administration, she said, is committed to encouraging export promotion through the terminal while NPA would ensure adherence to occupational health and safety as panacea to efficient port services in line with international best practices.
She urged Nigerians to come forward and avail themselves of the emerging opportunities in the agricultural export market to boost foreign exchange earnings and strategically position the country on the global business community
They said they were happy that a major infrastructure at Ikorodu, which was idle for decades, came alive again under the initiative of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Managing Director Ms Hadiza Bala Usman.
An exporter, Mr Ken Adeyanju, said the rejection of Nigerian commodity and produce at the international market would soon be a thing of the past.