Ease of doing business: Port concessionaire raises doubt

One of the concessionaires of Tincan Island Port, SIFAX Group, has said that lack of critical infrastructure may hinder the success of the Federal Government’s drive at improving the ease of doing business in the country.
The company’s Group Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said this in a statement made available to New Telegraph in Lagos.
He explained that the Ease of Doing Business initiated by the government was a good development due to the needless bottleneck encountered in the service delivery process.
According to him, there is no way a customer experience could be improved when importers and exporters find it extremely difficult to transport their goods in and out of the ports due to bad condition of the roads.
He noted that the problem of infrastructure deficiency should be urgently addressed in order to complement the executive orders signed recently by Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The firm’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Muyiwa Akande, quoted the executive vice chairman as saying that the case of the Apapa access roads that had broken down remained source of concern for all business stakeholders.
He noted that fixing the roads would not only aid the initiative but would also bring relief and order to one of the country’s economic gateways.
He said: “The Ease of Doing Business executive orders are good and brilliant initiatives to improve the customer experience, particularly at the nation’s point of entry.
“Take for instance, the Apapa ports, there is no way a customer experience can be improved when the importers and exporters find it extremely difficult to transport their goods in and out of the ports because the roads are in a sorry state.
“Containers fall on these roads on a daily basis with attendant losses. Workers, residents and business owners in the area are not finding things easy as well.
“My appeal to the government is to do a thorough review of other inhibiting factors to doing business in Nigeria and immediately tackle such issues with the urgency with, which the Abuja airport’s faulty runway was fixed.
“Only then we will truly improve the customer experience in the country.”

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