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APM Terminals Apapa delivers new ultra-modern staff building

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Determined to enhance efficient service delivery among its workforce, APM Terminals Apapa Limited, one of the terminal operators in Nigerian seaports and a global leader in terminal operations by volume of container handled annually, has delivered a new ultra-modern staff building dedicated towards enhancing efficient service among staff.

The new staff building, which was built at its terminal located in Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Apapa, was recently commissioned by Ernest Shonekan, Nigeria’s former head of state, who doubles as the board chairman of APM Terminals Apapa.

While performing the commissioning ceremony, Shonekan, who commended the management and staff of APM Terminals Apapa for maintaining high standards and efficient service delivery at the port, said the operations of APM Terminals were important to the wellbeing of the Nigerian economy.

“I am quite impressed with what I have seen here today. I believe this will enhance service delivery at the terminal. I must commend all of you for making the dream of building a modern world-class container terminal in Nigeria come true. It is not only about money. You may have all the money but if you do not have the right people in place, it would be difficult to achieve any meaningful progress,” he said.

Andrew Dawes, managing director of APM Terminals Apapa, who conducted Shonekan and other guests round the new building, said “the facility has some noteworthy features which include energy designed as daylight controlled lighting fixtures, which respond to daylight sensors (photovoltaic cells) for power saving and energy efficient air conditioning and ventilation system.”

The building is constructed over three floors with canteen, locker rooms, break rooms and clinic for the utilisation of APM Terminals staff, Dawes said, saying the facility also contained a new Customer Service Office on the ground floor and a 200 square meter office for men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

“We have also installed here the most advanced and reliable single piece packaged water treatment system with NuDisc nutrient removing technology to provide quality of treated effluent suitable to discharge into a watercourse. There are also public address and information system at certain strategic points for broadcasting and displaying in-company messages on flat screen monitors,” he said.

APM Terminals has invested close to $350 million to modify and upgrade the Apapa terminal over the past nine years of its operations, he said.

APM Terminals started operations in 2006, with a lease of 25 years. The new staff building was designed by Cares Nigeria and built by China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC).