4th June, 2010
The President, Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarder, NAGAFF, Mr. Eugene Nweke has identified poor maintenance and lack of enterprises culture as factors calpable of promoting absence of competitiveness and unfriendly port environment in Nigeria Port Authority.
Mr. Nweke made this statement at the monthly round table stakeholders’ discussion organised by Maritime Reportersâ€™ Congress of Nigeria, MARCON, held at the Association Press Centre, Apapa, Lagos.
While presenting a paper, titled â€œUncompetitive and Unfriendly Port Environment in Nigeria,â€ the president of NAGAFF said ports are strategic assets, the fulcrum and drivers of economic growth of a nation.
According to him, â€œpoor facilities, poor management and poor maintenance are technical factors that affect Nigeria Ports Authority,â€ adding that, poor planning, inability to match supply with demand and lack of enterprise culture are structural factors that also affect Nigeria Ports Authority.
Issues discussed at the round table discussion bothered on ports operations and how it affect the operators, maritime reporters and the entire port authority.
It was also targeted towards educating the stakeholders and bringing operational maritime issues to the front burner for the attention of the government and the general public.