By Samson Echenim
NIGERIA’S largest Ro-Ro terminal operator, PTML, Tin Can Port, Lagos, has faulted media reports that it introduced digital registration of freight forwarders and access cards for entering into the terminal as a means of making money from port users.
In a chat with Vanguard, PTML’S General Manager, Mr Tunde Keshinro insisted that registration of freight forwarders and other port users and making access cards for them are to ensure that only persons with jobs to do, have access to the port.
He said: “What the customs agents pay for the cards, strictly speaking, does not cover the cost of the cards, but for the owner of the agency to take ownership and to discourage frivolous applications, noting the level of touting, forgery and fraud in the sector. That thousands are registered is not synonymous with revenue. It is a one-time payment and no renewal fees are charged for subsequent years the agent operates at PTML once they have valid Customs form C30.
“The biometric access card is a singular positive tool that contributes to Federal Goverment’s policy on ease of doing business, as it helps to discourage touting, filter the users and restrict access to only genuine port users at all times. We are very focused in providing quality services for users of our terminal, even as a multipurpose terminal and we will not be distracted by false reports and allegations flying around.”