The National Association Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders Chairman aspirant Tincan Island, Fwdr Kenneth Okoro Obi has said that a policy is urgently needed to decongest the ports environments in Lagos of empty containers as well as petrol tankers and trucks , which not only constitute an eyesore but also accelerate gridlock on major roads in the State.
He made this suggestion in an interview with Maritime Newsroom at Tincan Island, Lagos.
Mr. Okoro-Obi said a highly rated Sea Port like the Tincan should be made to stand out in terms of improving the physical environment to be more appealing to the eye and ensuring a conducive atmosphere for business.
The Chairmanship aspirant of the NAGAFF, Tincan Chapter regretted that empty and rickety containers dot the port and creating bad impression to visitors.
He believed that his eleven point agenda which among others involve collaborating with sister Organisations would reposition the ports as one of the best in the African continent.
On failure of the port to achieve 24hours cargo clearance, Mr. Okoro-Obi said the fault is neither from Customs nor Federal Government, but the importers who still find it difficult to properly document their goods.
Mr Okoro-Obi explained that the standard practice now is online documentation, which the importers should comply with to make cargo clearance easier and faster.
He added by listing other key areas of his activity if he wins to include promoting peace and welfares among stakeholders in the port, pointing out that a happy business environment is key to success.