by JOHNMARK UKOKO
The Federal Government has commenced a special operation aimed at dismantling all illegal checkpoints and tackling corruption on access roads around Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT), Dr. Magdalene Ajani, unveiled the Operation Free The Ports Corridor, an initiative of the Port Standing Task Team (PSTT) at the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in Apapa recently.
She explained that the PSTT was established by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in collaboration with the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to entrench accountability and transparency, enhance enforcement activities and promote integrity in the country’s maritime sector.
“Coming here this morning from the airport to Apapa Port took me only 40 minutes. This is an evidence of what the PSTT is doing, The Trumpet gathered.
The important thing is that we need to treat this challenge holistically and that holistic treatment is what we are trying to achieve,” she stated.
She said the Federal Government’s policy of ease of doing business could not succeed if the task force fails in its task.