By Ifeyinwa Obi
The abject sate of the roads especially in around the Lagos Ports and environs has drastically reduced the cargo through put in the port.
The public Relation officer of the Nigerian Custom Service, (NCS) Apapa Area 1 command superintendent Derta NnadiÂ told Vanguard that the containers petitioned for experimentation has continued to dwindle.
He also pointed out that the state of the road has as well shrieked port operation, thereby makingÂ it difficult for custom to realise this yearâ€™s N656 billion revenue target.
Expansiating more on the effect he said: â€œApapa command alone has the duty to collect N244 billion, and this translate to N20 billion monthly for the federation account only.
The non federation account with include tax, vat and other levies are not among this, but the much weâ€™ve collected so far was last monthâ€™s N15, billion. The customs are consigned about the decay of infrastructure in the port. If we shouldÂ get this expected revenue, we should work for 24 hrs, but where people stand on the road for hours just to get to their placesÂ of work, achieving this target look leanÂ if the infrastructures around port axis are not put in place.
He also expressed worry over the continue lost of life, due to theÂ condition of the port roads, â€œthe road leading to the ports are bad and this means that human life has stopped, economic transaction crippled. The port environment shouldÂ assume a priority area. Customs collect port development levy, what stops the government from making people see the effect of such levy?â€ Nnadi questioned.
The image maker, explained that in APM terminals alone, in a day in January, 624 containers were position for examination, but it has reduced to 181 in May.
â€œIn one day in January 622 container were dropped for examination in APM Terminal and between April to May it reduced to 221 and 181. This shows that cargo throughout is dropping drastically,â€ the social implication is that it is gradually making Nigerians unemployed. The transporters sit idle at a place instead of wasting their fuel in the traffic. The bounded terminals are empty, because it is now very difficult to transfer containers from the port to the bounded terminals. To transfer a container from the port to boundered terminals now takes 3-4 day, but it usually take some hours.â€