“According to the sector operators, the cost of exporting 100 tons of cargo in Nigeria is $35,000, compared to $4,000 in Ghana. Today, the leading ports for West Africa are in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin Republic. All these countries have modernized their port management systems, leaving Nigeria far behind.
“Nigeria can learn from Morocco’s world-class Tangier-Med port. The port is unique in that it is an industrial port complex, and a platform that has over 1,100 companies. They collectively exported over € 8 billion worth of goods in 2020.
“Companies located at the Tangier-Med port have allowed Morocco to move up the global value chains, including automobiles, automotive parts, aeronautics, agriculture and food manufacturing, textiles, and logistics. Annually, over 460,000 cars are manufactured in the zone for exports. And more interesting is that the bulk of the human resources to do these are Moroccans.”
From the Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat, Abuja, Nigeria, 11 October 2021
Nigeria scores many own-goals. If not, these port issues would have been fixed. You make certain things in Onitsha, Aba, Kebbi, Lokoja, etc, yet you have to haul them to Lagos to export when you have water bodies to build new ports in Akwa Ibom and Cross River to help Lagos!
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