The Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon, visited the Lagos docks on Thursday (21 May) to inspect progress in the work to overcome congestion in the port.
HV Harbour and boats
SV Sign on port building.
SV Gowon arrives and greeted by Col. Adekunle (2 shots)
SV Guard of honour
SV Gowon onto dais (2 shots)
SV Inspects guard of honour.
SV Gowon meets officials
CU Sign "To all sheds"
SV Gowon and party past onlookers
GV Crowds on quay.
SV Gowon walks along quay followed by crowd (5 shots)
SV INT (L TO R) Col. Johnson, Police Chief Salem, and Admiral Akinwale Wey.
GV Crowd outside
SV Waves to crowd outside.
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Background: The Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon, visited the Lagos docks on Thursday (21 May) to inspect progress in the work to overcome congestion in the port.
General Gowon was greeted by enthusiastic crowds at Apapa Wharf when he arrived. The operation of the port was taken over by the military nearly three weeks ago after more than 20 ships were waiting to get to the wharves. The backlog was down to II ships on Thursday and the Head of State promised dock workers a 25 per cent salary bonus if the work was cleared in two months. He said he was delighted with the progress made by the commission, under wartime leader Colonel Benjamin Adekunle, to speed up work at the docks. Cargo passing through the docks in the last three weeks brought in a revenue of 7.8 million pounds sterling and the tonnage handled was considerably increased from 1969. Turnaround time for ships had been cut from 28 days to 17 days since the commission started work.
Among officials involved in the military commission are Colonel Johnson, the Military Governor of Lagos State; Police Chief Salem; and the Head of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Akinwale Wey.