A six hour barge conveying the first export of manganese, a solid mineral resource from the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal is yet to get to Apapa port, 10 days after flag off.
Recall that the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman had on Wednesday, February 7 flag off the exportation of the solid mineral from Ikorodu to APM Terminal, Apapa through badges.
Ms Usman at event said the movement of the solid mineral is of huge economic advantage to the country and that using barges to ferry containers of solid mineral across the waters to the APM Terminal within Apapa Ports will help to elongate the life of our roads as this mode of export will be most encouraged.
She called on stakeholders to key into the window of Public Private Partnership (PPP), and restated NPA Management efforts at complying with the federal government’s directives on the Ease of Doing Business at the nation’s seaports whilst the rehabilitation of the Ports access roads are ongoing.
However, check by TRANSPORT & MARITIME over the weekend showed that the badge that was supposed to get to APM Terminal, Apapa in six hours was yet to arrive.
It was gathered that the terminal is still awaiting the arrival of the vessels ten days after the badge left Ikorodu for Apapa port.
A source at the terminal had told our correspondent that the service providers Connect Rail Services Limited (CRSL) is yet to get to APMT on why the consignment has not arrived the port for export.
When contacted, the Chief Executive Officer of CRSL, Edeme Kelikume could not give reason why the barge with export consignment is yet to get to Apapa port.
Kelikume in a reply to enquiry on Saturday asked for time to send a reply but as at time of this report, he is yet to get back to our correspondent.