SIFAX Group opens Ijora terminal to save shippers from Apapa gridlock
Shippers, freight agents and other stakeholders in the supply chain would now heave a sigh of relief as SIFAX Group commissions an ultra-modern new container terminal in Ijora area of Lagos.
The establishment of the new terminal is in response to the difficulties experienced by port users in accessing the seaports in Lagos due to perennial gridlock.
SIFAX Group is a well-diversified conglomerate with investments in maritime, aviation, logistics services, oil and gas, hospitality and the financial services sectors.
Group Executive Vice Chairman of the SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, while speaking at the formal commissioning of the facility located along the Ebute Metta Creek, Ijora, Lagos, Wednesday, disclosed that the company decided to invest in the facility to make the process of cargo delivery a wonderful experience as opposed to what is obtainable currently in Apapa.
Represented by the Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group Adekunle Oyinloye, Afolabi said the new terminal, which sits on 11 acres of land, would be a model and will leverage technology and innovations to deliver an unparalleled customer experience as well as cutting-edge technology-driven inland container services.
“The SIFAX Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos is our modest response to a major issue in the maritime industry; difficulty to 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 do not have to go to the ports in Apapa before getting their consignments cleared”, he said.
On the unique advantages of the terminal, Afolabi said consignments would be transferred primarily through barges from both Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports, adding that the good road network in the area also offers clients faster and efficient cargo clearing.
He also said: “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.”
Earlier, in his business presentation, Managing Director of the terminal, Paul Linden expressed the readiness of the terminal to exceed the expectations of clients through the acquisition of modern cargo equipment and deployment of an experienced and professional workforce backed by the over three-decade experience of SIFAX Group in the maritime industry.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, who was represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Onari Brown, 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 pledged the support and cooperation of the NPA in achieving the lofty vision of the new business.
Executive Vice Chairman, ENL Consortium and Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria STOAN, Princess Vicky Haastrup, also lauded SIFAX Group for always being at the forefront of innovations in the country’s maritime industry.
Top dignitaries at the event include the Ojora of Ijora land; Oba Fatai Oyeyinka, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, President- General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, and Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba Kura, among others.