Port congestion has been a source of concern to the growth of maritime trade and transport in Nigeria. It has militated against the ease of doing business in the country, as evidenced in Nigeria’s sliding back in its rating at the World Banks’ Annual Logistics Performance Index (LPI). With Nigeria’s 110th position, out of 160 countries pooled in the Global LPI, it shows how critical the crippling traffic, poor port and road infrastructure and the poor state of its railways, have contributed to the poor business environment and cargo congestion problems in the country, especially with cargo to its Northern States and neighbouring countries.
Nigeria’s port environment is practically down, with vessel’s still incurring huge dwell time as they incur detention and create congestion problems. Our road infrastructure, including the railway network, is weak and inadequate in route kilometres and lengths of paved roadways, to fully support the level of economic activity in the country. The railway network is currently being upgraded and when completed, would unlikely provide the required relief, as it intends to only trip containers from Apapa Wharf to Ibadan. The other supporting infrastructure, in terms of the development of Truck Transit Parks and Inland Container Depots, are still under construction and would not be able to provide the necessary relief. All the above contributes to the difficulties in promoting landward decongestion.
This seminar, therefore, aims to pool together, stakeholders, to discuss ways and means if dealing with this concern, so that the current burden on landward decongestion can be better designed and handled.
VENUE: PROTEA HOTELS
DATE: 26th June, 2021