IN a bid to decongest the Lagos area ports, the Federal Government is set to transfer over 4000 unclaimed containers from the various terminals in Lagos ports to Ikorodu.

Vanguard  confirmed that already an Inter-Ministerial Committee, drawn from both the Ministry of transport, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) as well as some interests in the maritime sector  has been constituted and has concluded plans on how to move the containers.

It was also learnt that the exercise would gulp about N200 million, which is expected to be provided by NPA, and  is expected to also supervise the transfer.

Vanguard gathered  last week that the bulk of the containers are to be evacuated from the Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT); a terminal which has been at the receiving end of the port congestion.

Specifically, it was confirmed that about 2, 500 containers are currently unclaimed at TICT. Others  are from  other terminals.

It will be recalled  that a similar exercise was carried out in 2012, when about 4,500 containers were discovered to be unclaimed by their owners and transferred to Ikorodu.

The latest action is a direct response to the lamentations of terminal operators about the choking facilities at their terminals occasioned by the refusal of consignees to take delivery of their containers months after their arrival in the country.

A member of the port decongestion committee told Vanguard last week that the exercise would soon start, ahead of the expected influx of more containers for the yuletide.

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