The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) is set to unveil its findings in its ongoing assessment and evaluation of the activities of AP Molller Terminal (APMT) in Apapa, Lagos.
Recall that the group recently set up a technical system audit/study committee to re-evaluate the operational performances of the conglomerate in Nigeria and make comparative studies of the terminal operators’ activities in other ports of the world.
Recall also that the leadership of NAGAFF had in July demanded public apology from the Country Manager of the operators over a statement credited to him.
But in a renewed development towards ensuring that the set target is achieved, Chairman of the Technical System Audit/Study Committee To Re-evaluate terminal operators, Dr. Arthur Igwilo told our correspondent that the team is ready to submit the report to management of NAGAFF, saying it will be publicly debated upon at the end of November 2020.
Asked why the committee failed to submit the report after the three months mandate issued by the leadership of the freight forwarding association, Dr. Igwilo reiterated that the COVID19 pandemic coupled with recent #ENDSARS were responsible for the delay even as he said investigations had been concluded.
On how he carried out the exercise, he stressed that opinion poll and fact finding empirical figure mode and analysis formed the basic research methodology of the team, adding that stakeholders drawn from both private and public sectors made tremendous contributions towards achieving success in the assignment.
According to Igwilo, questionnaires were issued to most of the stakeholders with a view to responding to the operational activities of the concessionaire.
He also added that three bonded terminals were earmarked to give feedback on the activities of the terminal operator’s in line with trade facilitation and world best practices
The Chairman also frowned at APMT’s poor responses to inquiries by the committee but affirmed that a comprehensive report was near conclusion.
“We wouldn’t want to prolong this exercise that is why we will announce the performances of the terminal operator on or before November ending and I want to assure you that it is unbiased because the facts and figures are intact for public consumption”
He however added that government agencies from the maritime industry will be on ground to ascertain the position of the committee during the public presentation about the concessionaire
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