.L-R: Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, Chairperson, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, Vicky Haastrup, Oba Fatai Oyeyinka, Ijora of Ijora Land, Group Managing Director, SIFAX GROUP, Adekunle Oyinloye, Executive Director, Marine & Operation, Nigerian Port Authority(NPA), Hon. Onari Brown (cutting the tape), President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN), Com. Adewale Adeyanju, during the Commissioning of Ijora Causeway Terminal of SIFAX GROUP in Lagos on Wednesday .
SIFAX Group a conglomerate with investments in Maritime, Aviation, Logistics, Oil and Gas, Hospitality have said its new terminal located the Ebute Metta Creek, Ijora, Lagos Causeway, Ijora, Lagos, will drive export and as well resolve the lingering crisis of gridlock at Apapa port.
Speaking during the commissioning of the new terminal, the Managing Director of the new terminal, Mr. Paul Linden, while deliverying his business presentation stated that the terminal will boost exports and as well address the lingering traffic congestion at the port.
Also speaking at the event, Mr.Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, informed that the new terminal, would be a model as the terminal will leverage on technology and bring about innovation that will boost inland container services, he added SIFAX decided to invest in the terminal to enhance the process of cargo evacuation from the ports.
According to him “the SIFAX Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos is our modest response to a major issue in the maritime industry – access to Lagos ports. The logistics nightmare in Apapa occasioned by the traffic congestion experienced by port users compelled the group to look for a solution that addresses thus seemingly intractable problem. With this terminal, agents, truckers and consignees don’t have to go to the ports before getting their consignments cleared.”
"Consignment would be transferred primarily through barges from both Apapa and Tin Can Island ports also another key advantage of this terminal is that it is IT-driven. The Group has decided to invest in technology to sustain the business to our clients’ satisfaction.” he said
Also speaking at the commissioning the Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, who was represented by Mr Onari Brown, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, commended SIFAX Group for its solution-driven mindset and aggressiveness in pursuing the dream of getting the terminal ready for operations in record time.
She also promised the support and cooperation of the agency in terminal’s bid to realize the vision of the new business.
Executive Vice Chairman, ENL Consortium and Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Princess Vicky Haastrup, in her good will message, commanded SIFAX Group for always setting the pace as regards innovations in the nation’s maritime sector.
Present at the event were: Oba Fatai Oyeyinka, Ojora of Ijora land; Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police, Lagos; Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and Mohammed Abba Kura, Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command.