The Federal Government has announced that it is planning to lift the ban imposed on Nigerdock terminal following the firm’s willingness to abide by the rules amid its contributions to the growth of the national economy.
According to a statement released by the Deputy Director of Press, Anastasia Ogbonna, on Friday, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, disclosed this when he visited the firm in Lagos, together with the Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye.
The statement read in part, “What led to your suspension was that I received complaints from terminal operators, saying that you are not on the same level with them.
“In the sense that they pay more to the government than you do. You’re likely to attract freight at much lower cost to the detriment of their businesses.”
He, therefore urged them to liaise with Nigerian Ports Authority to work out all the operational licenses needed to enable them operate and the same letter should be forwarded to the Minister of Transportation for approval.
“We are always ready to support anything that will generate wealth for this country and jobs for Nigerians and will never do anything to undermine the things you are doing here in terms of generating wealth and jobs for Nigerians,” he added.
In his reaction, the Chief Executive Officer Nigerdock, Maher Jarmakani, said the firm has taken notable steps in this regard as they have been granted bonded permits by the Nigerian Customs and they are currently working with NPA to ensure all processes needed to get the required approvals are followed accordingly.
He said, “We are seeking your support Honourable Minister and that is why we wrote a letter of appeal for your guidance and your support to see that we have followed all processes and procedures.”
While appreciating the Ministers for their visit, he also assured that the company will not undermine the country’s extant rules and regulations.