'Minister Not Trapped In APM Terminal Lift'


The Media Adviser to the APM Terminal, Mr. Bolaji Akinola, has told members of the Maritime Reporters Congress of Nigeria at their monthly stakeholders’ forum for the month of June, 2010 that the Minister of Transport, Suleiman Yusuf, was not locked up in the APM Terminal’s lift.

According to Akinola, the minister was not locked up as reported by the media. He said the building that APM Terminal occupies is not owned by the company but they are one of the tenants in the building.

He stated that it was impossible to have locked up the minister and his security men in a lift without an alarm being raised by the security men, adding that “it is unfortunate because it did not happen.”

The media adviser listed the achievements of the organisation to include the ongoing expansion at the APM Terminal; the setting up of a task force to deal with any staff involved  in any anti-progressive act; a newly created examination bay for containers and the newly installed simulator for training crane drivers.

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He gave the breakdown of how APM Terminal operates on progressive storage charge, adding that the first three days of the arrival of container attracts zero charge.

According to him, from day four to ten, the storage charge is N750 per container. He advised manufacturers and importers to seize the opportunity of less charges to process and clear their containers.

He explained that there was no way an importer who has either knowingly or unknowingly allowed his container to stay for one month, would not be calling the APM Terminal all sorts of names.

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