Operators in the cargo haulage and logistics sector want government to integrate all modes of transportation in the country
– Anthony Awunor
Stakeholders in the Cargo Haulage and Logistics sector have called on the Federal Government to harmonise the different modes of transportation in the country so as to allow effective movement and management of cargoes.
This call was made after stakeholders’ deliberations in the recently concluded annual Cargo Haulage Logistics (CAHAUL) where they called for an integration of the various modes of transportation in order to achieve industry purpose.
In the communiqués jointly signed by the forum chairman, Engr. Emmanuel Osagie and secretary, Okey John Agunorris, the stakeholders pointed out that this could be done by reviving the comatose rail system and the near decay road mode of transportation.
It stated in the communiqué that “the air, land and sea transportation modes which deal with transportation of goods and materials are distinct but inseparable and should be given a dose of attention to thrive. The urgent need to overhaul and transform the road mode of transportation in Nigeria was also noted. The need for good and efficient rail network also came to the fore.
These lapses accordingly are as a result of non-existent operational transportation policy in the country both at the federal and state levels”, it stated. Stating further, the forum also noted out that import and export tariffs should be reduced to a one-digit figure from what it is at the moment just as it was achieved in the downstream petroleum sector.
Such consideration, they argue will encourage importation and exportation of both finished products and raw materials to boost national economy. The annual Cargo Haulage Logistics (CAHAUL) stakeholders’ forum with the theme: Government Policies: A Panacea To Growth And Development Of Haulage Logistics Sector was held at Hotel Ibis Royale, Lagos on December 10, 2015.
It noted that Import and Export activities within and beyond the shores of Nigeria revolve around the Haulage Logistics sector of the economy as a huge revenue earner for the country and that the sector be accorded its due recognition. It further warned that putting the inherent risks in Cargo Haulage Logistics on Lack of co-ordination amongst Haulers, Lack of adequate statistics, Bankruptcy, Safety Management, Transportation Regulation and Compliance, Overloading, Weather Condition, Government Duties and Taxes, Competition, Maintenance Risk, Drivers are some of the banes of sector.
The forum also called for a reduction in lending rates by banks to ensure that loans are made available to genuine businessmen and women who would like to invest in the sector. Similarly, the communiqué equally advised that there should be the granting of tax holidays to Nigerian manufacturer as an incentive to encourage export from Nigeria.
The industry encourages the government to divest its interest much from the extractive economy to a manufacturing so that local industries will be supported. The annual Cargo Haulage Logistics (CAHAUL) stakeholders’ forum is Nigeria’s leading industry business forum that offers unique insights on emerging opportunities in addition to knowledge development, products showcase and recognition of excellence in the cargo haulage logistics value-chain.