Operational efficiency :
Transport Minister applauds SIFAX Group
The Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Muazu Sambo has applauded SIFAX Group for its operational efficiency in the maritime industry and socio-economic impact on the nation’s economy.
The Minister gave these commendations during inspection tour of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, the flagship business of SIFAX Group at TinCan Island Port, Lagos.
According to him, SIFAX Group and its subsidiaries are adding great value to the Nigerian maritime sector and by extension the nation’s economy at large.
Going further, the Minister stated emphatically that SIFAX Group deserves the support of Federal Government, in order to expand its operations and do more for the economy.
He enthused: “I am excited at what your company is doing for the economy. You are really doing a great job. I want to assure you that we will look into the issue of concession renewal and make sure that this is wrapped up in no time. All the challenges being faced by your business have been outlined and we have begun consulting relevant agencies to make sure that we tackle them accordingly.
“The maritime sector is dear to my heart and with the right atmosphere, it can become the major earner for government. We will ensure that this terminal operates at maximum capacity in no time”.
The Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, John Jenkins, while welcoming the Minister to the terminal, said that the Company remains committed to exploring the potentials of the maritime sector. John Jenkins stressed that SIFAX Group, the parent company, is continually investing in the terminal, in order to deliver best value for all customers and grow the industry.
Also at the event, Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited, highlighted SIFAX Group’s intervention in the maritime sector through development of various inland container terminals around TinCan and Apapa Ports.
He said: “We have developed various inland container terminals around Apapa and the most important of them is SIFAX Inland Container Terminal, located at Ijora.
“In the nearest future, we are hoping to receive vessels at this terminal. We move boxes from various terminals to the off docks and also received empty containers too”.
More so, during the visit, the Minister was taken on a tour of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited and SIFAX Inland Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos.