LAGOS – The Shippers’ Association Lagos State (SALS) yesterday urged the incoming government to assist shippers in reducing the costs of doing business at the seaports.
The President of the association, Mr Jonathan Nicol, made the plea in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
Nicol said that high port charges had affected the costs of doing business in Nigeria, adding that this had encouraged diversion of cargoes to neighbouring countries.
“We have a very big problem in the maritime sector. We believe that government will stick to the maritime sector as one of the most important aspects of the nation’s economy.
“This will enable other Nigerian shippers who have gone to the neighbouring ports to come back.
“We pledge our support for the incoming government in the aspect of revenue generation at the ports, “ Nicol told newsmen.
He said that Nigerians were still expecting basic infrastructure such as good roads, water supply, uninterrupted power supply, good health facilities and free education.
He, however, pleaded that government should reverse the automotive policy  which imposed a  70 per cent levy and duty on imported vehicles, pending the large production of Made-in-Nigeria cars.
Nicol said, “If the automotive policy comes into existence without sufficient production of cars in the country, such a policy can destroy the transport sector.’’