By Godfrey Bivbere & Ifeyinwa Obi
Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa Limited, Mr. Martin Dirks has said that the terminal has been developed to become the largest container terminal in Africa.
Dirks who stated this in Lagos recently, disclosed that the Apapa Container Terminal now has the capacity to handle 1.2 million TEU of containers which no other port on the continent has the capacity to handle.
The APMT boss while fielding questions on the activities of his company in the last four years said that the Apapa Container Terminal has been fully developed to compete with any container terminal facility in the world. Speaking on challenges facing his companyâ€™s operations in Nigeria, he noted that poor
â€œTerritories occupied by others in our concessioned area are still occupied. This is a serious issue that is still pending and we are losing money. Old NPA equipment are also still taking up considerable space in the terminalâ€, he said.
â€œWhile APM Terminals has continued to faithfully fulfill its own part of the bargain under the concession agreement, Dirks said that several pending issues have remained unresolved. The issues, according to him, include of sitting tenants and marine services which translates to loss of money to us. Not all the obligations are being reached from the other side but on our side weâ€™ve delivered on all our promises and obligationsâ€.
â€œOne of the promises was that we are guaranteed steady supply of electricity but that has been far from the case as we spend millions of dollars generating our own electricityâ€.
The Acting President (then as VP and Chairman of NCP) has signed the approval for the movement of the movable assets from the terminal.