Stakeholder urges FG to designate Apapa fishing terminal
The Managing Director, Atlantic Shrimpers Ltd., Mr Kamlesh Kabra has implored the Federal Government to officially designate Kirikiri terminal, Lagos, as fishing terminal.
Kabra said in Lagos that the fishing industry operators would appreciate it if the present administration could put an end to the issue of fishing terminal in Lagos.
“The Kirikiri terminal, where the fishing industry operators are using, had been a temporary base.
“We have been here for long, and yet, it has not been officially designated as fishing terminal.
“This temporary arrangement has placed us at the mercy of the port owners and concessionaires.
“We are always being threatened and intimidated with either high rent or eviction order.
“The situation we find ourselves in the area is not good for our businesses,” he said.
According to him, the fishing industry is providing jobs for many Nigerians and earning foreign exchange through the export of shrimps.
Kabra said that the fishing operators had been on this issue for the past 18 years.
He said the operators were hoping that the present government would address the issue finally; and allowed the operators to use the place permanently as fishing terminal without further disturbance.
The managing director said that the situation had made it impossible for the operators to have permanent structure in the place.
“We are not able to impact positively on our immediate community, by carrying out some social responsibility programmes,” he said.
Kabra said that worldwide, a terminal was always designated for fishing activities, adding that such a step would help the fishing companies to maintain and secure their fleet of trawlers better.
He said that designating the place a fishing terminal would also help stakeholders to build cold rooms, thus making it easy to transfer fishes from the trawlers to the cold-rooms.
Kabra said the fishing companies maintain cold-rooms far from the terminal; and it had made transfer of fishes to cold-rooms difficult.