Greener Journal of Physical Sciences

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Emeghara and Ndikom

Greener Journal of  Physical Sciences Vol. 2 (3), pp. 097-106, September, 2012.

ISSN: 2276-7851 © 2011 Greener Journals.

Research Paper

Delay Factors Evaluation of Nigerian Seaports (A Case Study of Apapa Ports Complex, Lagos)


Godfrey Chukwugozie Emeghara1 and 

Obed Boniface Ndikom*


Senior Lecturers, Department of Maritime Management Technology, Federal University of Technology, 


1Email: Emegharacg@Yahoo.Com


*Corresponding Author’s Email: bonmilnigerialimited@ yahoo. com


The study set out to evaluate delay causative factors in Nigerian ports industry using the Apapa ports complex as a case study. Commencing with a pilot survey, the researcher was able to identify several delay factors working together to reduce efficiency in Nigerian ports industry. These variables formed the independent variables. With a well structured questionnaire, the respondents were asked to rank each of the delay factors according to their respective perception of the influence of each factor on delay factors at the port. The monthly ranking values of the delay factors from the respondents were cumulated into annual values for the study. The annual values or rankings were then subjected into multi-regression analysis. The beta coefficients of the variables were calculated hence the ones with positive coefficients were identified as critical factors. However, the beta coefficients of all the delay factors were used in modeling the forecasting equation for delay problem in the port, the major task of the study.


Key words: turnaround time, pilot survey, delay causative variables, critical factors, ranking, cumulative values.


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