By Godwin Oritse
THE Federal Government through the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has granted the Lagos Deep Off Logistics, LADOL base a full port status with a view to generating more revenue.
Disclosing this in Lagos during a visit to the base, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, DCG, in charge of Excise, Industrial incentive and Free Trade Zones, Patience Iferi said that the process of granting a port status to LADOL has long been concluded. Iferi disclosed that she was not only part of the process, but has also seen the letter granting LADOL such status.
She also told the management of the base to liaise with the Apapa Customs Command to tackle any issue it may have.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of LADOL, Mr. Ladipupo Jadesimi said that the choice of the base’s location was strategic so as not to affect shipping activities within and around the ports.
Jadesimi disclosed that the involvement of LADOL in the fabrication and integration of modules of the Egina FPSO has created thousands of jobs both in Lagos, Beyelsa and Rivers state.
“Because we are integrating in LADOL, thousands of fabrication jobs have been created for Nigerians in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
‘’This is one and only fabrication facility in the entire African continent the visions of the founders of LADOL was to ensure that Nigeria captures the lion share of the oil and gas businesses in the African.
“Our resource is our youths, to make more resourceful and useful, we must train them in relevant skills. The revenue to be generated as a result of the Egina FPSO will run into billions of Naira.”