NPA expresses support for SIFAX : As Group opens new terminal
By Udeme Clement :
The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has expressed support for SIFAX conglomerate, as the Group opened a new container terminal at Ijora, Lagos to fast track cargo clearance.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman made this known in Lagos, during the formal commissioning of the facility before government agencies and stakeholders in the maritime industry.
The NPA Boss, who was represented by Hon. Onari Brown, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, commended SIFAX Group for its solution-driven mindset and aggressiveness in pursuing the dream of getting the terminal ready for operations in record time.
She promised the support and cooperation of the agency in realising the vision of the new business.
Also speaking, the Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi said the company decided to invest in the facility to make the process of cargo clearing a wonderful experience, as opposed to what is obtainable currently.
Afolabi, who was represented by Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, said the new terminal, which would be a model and sits on an 11 acres of land, will leverage on technology and innovations to deliver unparalleled customer experience as well as cutting-edge inland container services.
He said: “The SIFAX Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos is our modest response to a major issue in the maritime industry – access to Lagos ports.
“The logistics nightmare in Apapa occasioned by traffic congestion experienced by port users compelled the group to look for a solution that addresses the seemingly intractable problem. With this terminal, agents, truckers and consignees don’t have to go to the ports before getting their consignments cleared.”
On the unique advantages of the terminal, Afolabi said consignment would be transferred primarily through barges from both Apapa and Tin Can Island ports, adding that the good road network in the area also offers clients faster and efficient cargo clearing.
“Another key advantage of this terminal is that it is IT-driven. The Group has decided to invest in technology to sustain the business to our clients’ satisfaction.” Afolabi further said.
In his presentation, Paul Linden expressed readiness of the terminal to exceed expectations of clients through acquisition of modern cargo equipment and deployment of an experienced and professional workforce backed by over three-decade experience of SIFAX Group in the maritime industry.
The Executive Vice Chairperson, ENL Consortium and Chairperson, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup, lauded SIFAX Group for always being at the forefront of innovations in the country’s maritime sector.
High ranking dignitaries such as Oba Fatai Oyeyinka, Ojora of Ijora land; Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police, Lagos; Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) and Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command graced the occasion.
SIFAX Group, is a conglomerate with investments in Maritime, Aviation, Logistics, Oil & Gas, Hospitality and Financial Services sectors.