INEC boss commends development of mega container ports

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Acting INEC chairman, Amina Zakari

Acting INEC chairman, Amina Zakari

The National Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hajia Amina Zakari, has said that rising global cargo freight is giving room for the development of mega container ports across the globe.

Zakari stated this in a paper entitled “Logistics and Its Challenges in the 21st Century” on Monday in Lagos.

She spoke on the sideline of the Women In Logistics and Transport (WILAT) Conference 2016, held in Lagos.

According to her, ocean shipping is vividly known to handle over 70 percent of global cargo freight.

“This leads to the growing capacity and size of ships, the expansion of Panama Canal and the development of mega container ports across the globe.

“The ownership and operations of global shipping has also been expanding toward creating mega players that tend to control greater percentage of international cargo freight,” she said.

Zakari said that this development would tend to shift patronage away from older ports and lead to redundancy in many traditional logistics centres.

She expected to see continuing efforts by shippers, carriers and service providers to store, handle and transport goods in environmental
responsible ways.

Zakari noted some of the factors which made Africa’s transport costs and other challenges extremely severe by global standards.

She mentioned border posts plagued with corruption as well as inefficiencies; high parking fees; inadequate facilities and space to park
vehicles.

Zakari said there was a lack of proper integration and insufficient training of personnel on logistics management and operations.

The national electoral commissioner explained that the volatility of energy prices (fuel) locally and internationally, had been a major challenge in logistics management in the 21st century.

She added, “The volatility of energy prices led to higher transportation costs that translate into increases in the cost of logistics.”

The national electoral commissioner said that the high fuel costs and further regulation of engine emissions and carbon footprints, as well …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper