The Managing Director of Ocean and Cargo Limited, Mr. Jide Taiwo, has called for 100 percent automation of activities at Nigerian ports.
In an exclusive conversation with Taiwo PUNCH In Lagos on Monday, he said more jobs would be created with full automation of port activities. He said that people would work from different parts of the country, without necessarily coming to the ports, and pointed out that the constant traffic jam on the port access road was a big disadvantage for the economy.
“I would also commend the director of NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko. He is doing a wonderful job, but I think he should look more into 100 percent automation of the Nigerian seaport. With 100 percent automation, we will create more jobs. Many people will be working at the ports for smooth delivery of cargo. Some will work from different states and most people don’t need to be in ports or even become NPA employees.
“The same way Nigerian banks have to put some of their staff on contract and they were given jobs to train and tell them what to do. Around the world, many people work in seaports, but you don’t see them moving every day. This is why I say that the NPA must go fully digital. Nigeria’s seaport automation should be 100 percent.
According to him, the government was losing a lot of revenue due to constant traffic congestion on the access roads of the port.
“I also realize that as we approach the seaport, including the human traffic that we have every day, it is a huge disadvantage for the seaport. The second point is that I realize that every day we have a lot of people around that side and yet the efficiency is very low.’
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