TICT boss backs collaboration for effective service delivery at African ports


The Managing Director of the Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT),  Mr Yehuda Kotik, on Tuesday advocated strong cooperation among stakeholders in the service delivery chain at African seaports.

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Kotik made the suggestion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the just-concluded 12th International Africa 2014 Exhibition and Conference, held in Lagos.

He identified the Nigerian Ports Authority, terminal operators, trucks operators and others as critical stakeholders in the service delivery chain for enhancing efficiency at the seaports.

“The ports authority saddled with the responsibility of controlling ports gate and maintaining the ports must do its job.

“Terminal operators must provide sufficient cargo handling equipment, internal roads and computerised gates,” Kotik said.

He said that basic infrastructures, such as good road network, effective rail system and the trucks used in getting the cargoes to their destination must be in good shape.

Kotik disclosed that poor infrastructural development would affect effective service delivery while good infrastructure would improve the quality of services delivered at the ports.

He urged the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and other relevant operatives to work round the clock to achieve quick turnaround time of vessels and delivery of cargoes.

The TICT boss said that service delivery had to be deliberately worked for as only “the most sophisticated port with the most developed infrastructure” will achieve improved service delivery.

He said the terminal was highly secured such that there had not been any recorded case of theft at the terminal since 2006.

tin-can Kotik said that the TICT adopted International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code to ensure that there were no losses as a result of pilfering within its operational base inside the port.

“Since the take-off of operation at the port, we have not recorded any theft; not even a pen has been declared stolen.

“Being ISPS-compliant, we have intelligence monitoring technology systems to ensure that cargoes are secured.”

He said that the company’s security integrity and infusion of technology in its work had sustained its annual throughput of over 400,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers.

“We handle over 400,000 TEUs annually because we use high technology and dedication in offering our services.

“To ensure ease of movement in and out of the terminal, we maintain six-lane entrance gates and these gates have technological devices for proper entrance handling,” Kotik said.

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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