Minister decries high cost of operations in Nigerian ports

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Gbemisola Saraki

By Lucy Ogalue

The Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, has described Nigerian ports as the most expensive in the West African sub-region.

A statement signed by Mr Eric Ojiekwe, Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, quoted the minister as saying that the high cost of port operations in the country was occasioned by duplicity of functions by operators in the ports.

It said that the minister spoke on Monday in Abuja, while receiving members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).

She said:“ the high cost of operation has made it difficult for Nigeria to compete with other neighbouring countries.

“ Nigeria is supposed to be the biggest player and the cheapest player but, unfortunately, we are not.

“ But I assure you that changes will be witnessed as we will soon be efficient and effective in our operations in the country,” she said.

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Source: News Agency of Nigeria