The Registrar, Port & Terminal Management Academy Of Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Babatunde, has said that the 2006 port reforms helped reduced drastically the degree of theft in Nigeria’s seaports to 15 per cent from the 55 per cent recorded before then.
Delivering the keynote address at the maiden edition of Dockworkers Day, themed ‘Dockworkers, the unsung heroes of port reforms, organised by the Shipping Correspondent Association of Nigeria (SCAN), Babatunde said that four factors necessitate the port reforms.
“No doubt, the ports have benefited from the private sector experience of ability to fix things right. In likewise manner, dockworkers have strategically assisted in the actualisation of the desires of port reforms in the following ways.
“The degree of theft in our seaports has reduced drastically from recorded 55 per cent to 15 per cent. The degree of port efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness has improved tremendously from previous figure of 25 per cent to 85 per cent.