Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that the Federal Government has decided to provide facilities and infrastructure at the nation’s sea ports with a view to maximizing the economic gains from port operations.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos recently, Okonjo-Iweala stated that part of the moves to create an enabling environment for efficient cargo delivery was the clearance of trucks and tankers from the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
She explained that the rail tracks leading to the ports are next in line to be rehabilitated for easy movement of goods in and out of the ports.
Okonjo-Iweala who was on a tour of port facilities in the Lagos area ports, stated that an efficient port system will bring about economic prosperity as more job opportunities would be created for Nigerians.
The minister who was accompanied by both the Ministers of Works and Transport, Mike Onolemenem and Senator Idris Umar respectively, disclosed that the Lagos State Government has also been part of the project to make the ports function better, adding that every Nigerian must contribute to the economic prosperity of the country.
She commended the Lagos Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for the support he gave the Task Force on Port De-congestion which has resulted in the free movement of vehicles on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway.
Explaining further, Okonjo-Iweala said it was because the President was interested in making the port work, he set up the task force to create an enabling environment for port users.