Dry port operator groans over poor rail system

Inability of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to move containerised cargoes from Lagos Port to the Kaduna Dry Port has reduced the activities of Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL).   The company is the concessionaire of the dry port and the first to be operational in the country.   Currently, the firm depends on road transportation to move some of its containers to the dry port.   However, its Managing Director, Mr Yusuf Ismail, explained that freight cost of containers to the dry port by road from Lagos to Kaduna had…

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Deplorable port road hinders container transfer

The deplorable road at the Tincan- Coconut axis of Apapa Oshodi express road is currently hindering transfer of containers from the port to off dock terminals in Lagos.     The General Manager, SIFAX Off Dock Limited, Mr. Oliver Omajuwa,in a statement, said in Lagos that there had been tremendous delay in container transfers from various ports where offdock terminals receive consignments because of the deplorable state of the access road,.     He explained that this had resulted in loss of revenue as the company could not charge client…

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Roro vessels flood port with 8,300 vehicles

Nigeria depends on used vehicles to meet local demand As the year is coming to an end, a total of 8,300 used vehicles have been shipped into the nation’s roll-on roll-off port at Tincan Island Port within the last two months. The vehicles were conveyed to the port by 16 vessels from United States and Europe through direct shipments. Already, importation of used vehicles to the port has grown 4.6 per cent (73, 244 units) in 2017. In December alone, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping position revealed that 3,550 units…

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Impending congestion at port worry operator

Alooming danger of port congestion will negatively affect port operations and the  country’s economy if the port access road is not swiftly fixed, a major operator in the maritime sector, SIFAX Group, has said. Its Group Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said this in a statement. He urged the Federal Government to quickly intervene in fixing the Tin-Can/Coconut port access road in order to avoid impending shutdown of operations at Tin Can Island Port. He said that the road had become almost impassable as many portions contain large craters…

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UEFA League: Barca eye yet another famous comeback

    Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice. In the last 16 they became the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou, so fans are hoping…

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Documents show Prince’s painkiller habit

  Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016. Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose. No-one has been charged over the death of the 57-year-old singer. The court documents were…

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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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Football fan dies after push from stand

  An Argentine football fan has died of head injuries – two days after being pushed from a stand by an angry crowd who thought he was a rival supporter. Emanuel Balbo, 22, had reportedly quarrelled with a man during Saturday’s derby between his Belgrano team and the visiting Talleres in the northern city of Cordoba. Witnesses said the man had shouted that Balbo was a disguised Talleres fan. He was then pushed over the edge of a stand, video images showed. He fell onto concrete stairs from a height…

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EPL: Arsenal survive Boro scare

  Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League with a narrow victory at second-bottom Middlesbrough. A dull opening was brought to life when Alexis Sanchez’s superb free-kick gave Arsenal the lead just before the break. Middlesbrough responded soon after the restart when Alvaro Negredo volleyed in Stewart Downing’s pinpoint cross. However, Mesut Ozil secured the much-needed three points for Arsenal with a first-time strike at the near post, reports the BBC. The win – only Arsenal’s third in their past nine league…

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