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Saraki pledges FG’s commitment to improving port services


The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen.Gbemishola Saraki has assured APM Terminals of the Federal Government’s commitment to making ports services in Nigeria meet international standards.
The minister, in a statement, made the disclosure when she received the new head of APM, Klaus Laursen at a courtesy call in her office in Abuja.
Newsmen reports that APM Terminals is an international container terminal operating company with headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands.
It is one of the World’s largest port and terminal operators and it also provides cargo support and container inland services. 
The Minister of State while appreciating APM for the visit, called for a harmonious working relationship between the Nigerian government and terminal operators.
She stressed the need for each party to work together to promote trust and value systems that would engender economic growth and development.
While appreciating the fact that every businessman needed to make a profit, she enjoined APM to conduct its business in a way that would engender growth and service improvement in the Gulf of Guinea.
Saraki recalled that while at the National Assembly, she was abreast of the operations of terminal operators.
She expressed displeasure that they had not kept to the terms of the agreements, especially as it related to concessioning of the ports.
Saraki informed APM that Nigeria would renew her quest for category seat at the International Maritime Organisation and hoped the company would support Nigeria in that regard.
Earlier, the new head of APM, Klaus Laursen, said he had come to pay his respects and show appreciation to the minister.
According to him,  the collaboration between the company and Nigeria Ports Authority has made it possible to bring to berth in Nigeria a 300 meters container vessel.
He pledged that the APM group would work assiduously to improve the logistics value chain as well as tap into the huge opportunities that abound in the country.
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