The Nigeria Ports Authority’s decision to ban export cargoes has been faulted by stakeholders.
NPA, on Monday, through its official Twitter handle, announced the ban of export cargoes due to backlog of trucks approaching the ports.
But stakeholders argued that the decision was faulty, adding that, normally, exports cargoes should be prioritised.
A Twitter user, who gave his name as Mr. Babalawon Aji, blamed the inability of the AP Muller Terminal to have enough cargo-handling equipment as the major issue.
“It is dumb. Exports shouldn’t be banned, even for a day. Export should be given priority at every point in time. Serious countries prioritise exports. Your major problem is not the truckers, but APMT who don’t have the capacity to manage port operations,” he stated.
Also speaking, Mr. Festus Akin, said that the decision was without prior notice to exporters and truckers who had already loaded their trucks.
He said, “The decision was without prior notice to exporters and transporters who have just loaded their cargoes. How would the transporters, whose only source of livelihood are now grounded for two weeks, survive these days? Kindly rescind your decision for their sake.”
Another stakeholder, Chris Onwuka, urged the Federal Government to open up other ports in other parts of the country to help decongest Lagos ports.
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