FG Lack of Competence Killing Our Seaports -PCCN

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According to the Port Consultative Council of Nigeria (PCCN), 70 percent of the country’s seaports are in coma as a result of successive governments’ lack of competence.

Chairman of the Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin, told Vanguard during a presentation of books and other academic materials to the management of the University of Lagos that Nigeria has 17 ports, but only six are operational at the moment.

The inland character of some of the 11 non-operational ports, according to Folarin, also contributed to their demise, as these were the ports that fed Nigeria before oil was discovered.

He said: “If you look at the Port Act, there are 17 ports there, how many are functioning today, only six, and the rest are comatose.

“Lack of competence and also because the ports are inland and nobody is ready to provide the channel to work those ports.”

“Do not forget that these were the ports that fed Nigeria, provided the export base for Nigeria, created foreign exchange for Nigeria before oil.

“Agricultural produce, palm oil, timber and rubber; and these were the things that sustained Nigeria before the discovery of oil.”

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