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Group laments as Christmas cargoes trapped at ports.



Peter Olaniyi     |   

The newly elected president of the Edo Maritime Club (EMC), Mr Edeigba Thomas Nelson, has lamented that  Christmas cargoes meant to be  used for Christmas celebration are stuck at the Lagos port owing to the congestion caused by the poor port access roads.

He said the consignments meant to be delivered for Christmas are still trapped at the Lagos seaport due to the bottlenecks attached to clearance of cargoes from the port

While speaking with journalists shortly after being elected President of the Edo Maritime Club on Saturday, Edeigba noted that the time- bound goods are stuck in the port as clearing agents find it difficult to clear the containers due to the comatose state of the road.

He informed that about 85 of his containers are trapped at the seaport with only 26 out while others are still yet to be cleared, while lamenting that many of the goods are time- bound.

According to him “The government needs to address this road network, the port access road is the general problem that we have, because we cannot even clear the cargoes that we have in the port, have been in the port for the past four days and I cannot go home because am yet to clear the cargoes.

“So the port access road is the general problem that we have

“The cost of transportation to move a cargo outside the port is too high, and it’s already falling back to the final users through inflation

“Secondly, most of this Christmas goods are stuck at the port that we are not able to bring out

“And the reason is because of the congestion caused by the access road and the Presidential Task Team is not helping matters, we hope all of these are resolved soon” he said.

Meanwhile the group over the weekend elected new members who will pilot the affairs of the club

They include Mr Edeigba Thomas  Nelson who emerged as the President of the group unopposed, Mr Ovie Micheal Imonitie emerged as the Vice President, Okoh Isaac emerged as the General Secretary,Lady Melody Obehi emerged as the Public Relations Officer, Barry Julius Balogun Asst PRO,  Nicolas Ugiagbe emerged as Financial Secretary Mr Stanley Okungbowa emerged as the treasurer, while smart Omoruyi Iyoha emerged as the assistant secretary.

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