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    Nigeria's capital Lagos is hosting the fourth conference of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa.

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    GV: Lagos Port (4 shots)

    GV: National Arts Theatre

    SV: Colonel Magoro addressing delegates (shots of delegates overplayed over speech)

    The four-day conference began on 2 August and is held under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Africa. Lagos port's congestion problem is now well on the way to being cleared. At the height of the crisis, more then 400 vessels were waiting to unload. By mid-July, the number waiting had ben reduced to fewer than 160. Much of the problem was caused by a large number of cement ships unable to unload fast enough at the limited number of deep-water berths. A new techniques was developed in which cement was transferred in mid-harbour to smaller boats which ferried the concrete to loss congested berths.

    MOGORO: "Mr. Chairman, Honourable Commissioner, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen; it is my pleasure as well as that of the Federal Government of Nigeria to welcome this distinguished gathering present here today to attend the opening ceremony of the 4th Conference of Port Management Association of West and Central Africa. I should also like to express my utmost pleasure that this conference is taking palace in Lagos. As you are well aware, Lagos is the capital of the country and the nerve centre of our economic activities. You will no doubt, during your stay be able to move around to see things for yourselves, particularly the magnitude of our transport problems. The Federal Military Government attaches a high priority to the development of the total transport infrastructure. This is borne out by the fact that, in ports alone, it has earmarked about 800 million Naira in the 1975-80 plan period for the development of port facilities and service. It is an interesting coincidence that Nigeria is hosting this conference at a time when large-scale action is begin taken by the government and the Ports Authority to tackle the congestion which is currently plaguing our ports. I am glad to observe that provision has been made in the programme for the delegates to undertake a conducted tour of our port installations to see some of the gigantic emergency measures installed to combat the menace of congestion. I also observe from the same programme that papers deali??? with port congestion will be read and considered by you. As experts in the port and shipping businesses, I hope that the suggestions emanating from your deliberations will be placed at the disposal of the Federal Military Government for the final liquidation of our current port congestion. I now formally declare the 4th conference of port Management Association of West and Central Africa open. Thank you all."

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    Background: Nigeria's capital Lagos is hosting the fourth conference of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa. The conference aim is to find ways of improving the efficiency and finances of ports throughout the region.

    SYNOPSIS: Lagos port is one of the biggest in Africa and also one of the most congested. There have been improvements and the backlog of waiting ships has been cut by almost two thirds to about 150 ships.

    Delegates from 19 African counties were welcomed to the conference were welcomed to the conference by the Nigerian Federal Transport Commissioner, Colonel Mohammed Magoro.

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