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APM Terminals Apapa Honours Founders, 76 Pioneer Staff at 17th Anniversary Celebration

L-R: Steen Knudsen, terminal manager, APM Terminals Apapa; Amaechi Aloke, representative of the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE); Frederik Klinke, country managing director, APM Terminals Nigeria; Auwal Mohammed, Customs Area Controller, Apapa Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service; Sune Krogstrup, ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, and Olufunmilayo Olotu, port manager, Lagos Port Complex Apapa, at the 17th Port Concession Anniversary of APM Terminals Apapa, Lagos, on Thursday.

… As NPA, BPE, others commend terminal operator for fulfilling concession agreement

APM Terminals Apapa, Nigeria’s largest container terminal, on Thursday, celebrated the 17th anniversary of the port concession agreement it signed with the Federal Government in 2006. The terminal operator also honoured its founders and 76 pioneer employees.

Delivering his welcome address at the event, Frederik Klinke, the country managing director of APM Terminals Nigeria, said the 17th-anniversary celebration was the occasion to thank the Federal Government for granting the port concession and to acknowledge the contribution of its shareholders, staff and partners to the modernization of the terminal.

Klinke said the concession enabled APM Terminals to develop the critical port infrastructure for the benefit of the Nigerian economy.

“Importantly as well, it offers us an opportunity to recognize the men and women, who through their daily efforts in the terminal, ensure cargo keeps flowing to and from importers and exporters, consumers and producers in the country.

“Since 2006, the employees of APM Terminals Apapa have been responsible for this critical task and while doing so, not only contributed to the economy by facilitating growing trade with the rest of the world, but also through the more than USD440million worth of Foreign Direct Investment done in the terminal, and most importantly, through the training and development of young Nigerians to take on increasingly senior roles in the company and further in the industry,” he said.

Steen Knudsen, the terminal manager of APM Terminals Apapa, while presenting the 17th Anniversary Photobook highlighting the transformation of the terminal between 2006 and 2023, said the substantial investment made by the company in facility upgrade, training, equipment and technology has boosted service delivery at the port.

“For APM Terminals Apapa, it has been a success story of transformation, improved efficiency, innovation, and value-added service,” Knudsen said.

He said the investment by APM Terminals Apapa has led to improved terminal infrastructure, including the acquisition of high-grade terminal equipment such as Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs), Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) and many others as well as civil works including world standard administrative building with full information technology capacity.

Uzoma Ben-Ude, senior human resources, Business Partner of APM Terminals Nigeria, while anchoring the presentation of awards to the company’s pioneer staff, said, “We have a total of 76 employees that have been with us since 2006 till date which shows that we have people who have been loyal to the company and they have also grown over the years. This has been a very mutually beneficial relationship. They have worked hard and their lives have also improved.”

Also speaking, Temilade Ogunniyi, the commercial manager of APM Terminals Apapa, assured that the company will continue to collaborate with relevant government agencies and stakeholders to build a vibrant economy.

“Everyone has mentioned how APM Terminals Apapa has improved and transformed over the years – we owe that to our valued employees who adopted cultural and transformational changes with open arms through the past 17 years.

“I am confident to say that APM Terminals Apapa can compete favourably with terminals all over the world. What you see here is what you see in other terminals be it Europe or America,” she said.

Sune Krogstrup, the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, commended APM Terminals for being the bellwether of port operation in Nigeria. He assured that Denmark, where the Maersk group is headquartered, will continue to deepen its economic ties and relationship with Nigeria.

Mohammed Bello-Koko, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), said in his goodwill message delivered by NPA’s General Manager, Monitoring and Regulatory Services, Seyi Iyawe, was also full of praises for APM Terminals for fulfilling its concession agreement with the Federal Government and also for delivering efficient service at the port. He assured APM Terminals of NPA’s continued collaboration and support.

“You have transformed the port business and have become a force to be reckoned with. Through APM Terminals, NPA has been able to upgrade the port facility. We must also acknowledge the fact that you have been compliant with all the rules and regulations guiding the port. We celebrate your uniqueness and expertise,” Bello-Koko said.

Amaechi Aloke, the representative of the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), expressed delight over the performance of APM Terminals Apapa since it won the concession of the container terminal.

He said the success of the APM Terminals concession, which was the first to be concluded by the BPE in 2006, created the opportunity for the Federal Government to enter into other concession agreements to develop the port and other critical infrastructures across the country.

“I feel so proud and happy about APM Terminals’ achievement. We do some of the most difficult job – economic reform, but today it has been demonstrated that private and public corporations can work together to generate greater results. You have exceeded our expectations. Keep doing this and continue to excel,” Aloke said.

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