TICT invests N70bn in ports infrastructure
• Gets terminal operator of the year award
Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT), said it has invested about N70 billion ($225 million) in the provision and development of facilities at the terminal B of the Lagos Port in the past 13 years.
The facility upgrade, which has enhanced efficiency at the terminal, recently earned TICT the Terminal Operator of the Year Award, at the Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards organised by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The award was conferred on TICT at a ceremony by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and attended by the representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and the Director-General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, among other dignitaries.
TICT, which owns and operates Terminal B of the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, has three berths with operation capacity of 360,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a shore length of 770 meters, and a backyard of 240,000 square meters.
Since it won the Federal Government’s concession to develop and operate Terminal B of the Tin Can Island Port in 2006, TICT said it has also improved on service delivery and trained top quality manpower, giving rise to professional and effective service delivery at the port. Ship turnaround time at the terminal has improved, as vessels spend only a few hours at berthing point to discharge their consignments against over 30 days spent for the same purpose prior to 2006.
In November 2017, TICT made history when it unveiled the first set of female harbour crane and Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) operators in Africa.
The operators – Oni Taiwo Omotayo; Tina Onwudiwe; Adewale Adegoroye; Adeniran Maltida; and Ajayi Oluwaseun – were the first set of women to be trained in heavy-duty cranes operation in the country and the entire Africa.
“What is interesting is that we were able to bring in women operator into our industrial equipment conduct, which means that it is an additional opportunity for women in Nigeria, and also a role model within and beyond the continent that women can actually turn into equipment operator in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.
“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, and Nigeria is also showing the way for women employment into the port industry. So it is setting the pace for others within Nigeria and Africa as well,” TICT had said in 2017.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, at the unveiling had expressed the desire “to see more women being engaged in port operation activities.”
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