AN EVALUATION OF PORT OPERATIONS PERFORMANCE IN NIGERIA: CASE OF CALABAR FREE PORT
The study evaluates port operational perfomance and factors afecting the ports in Nigeria focussing on Calabar port. Data was sourced from Nigeria Ports Authority Annual report of Calabar port from 2007-2013. The research used multiple regression model to analyze the data using SPSS software package version 23.0. The regression model variables used were Y(cargo throughput) as dependent variable on X1, X2, and X3 as (number of vessels, turnaround time, number of employees); all explanatory variables were explained for a period of seven years. The result shows the output summary of Calabar port R square as 99%, which is very good. It means that the port‘s operational performance is at the high level. From the test of hypothesis, the overall result shows that P-value calculated is equal to 0.003 which is less than the tabulated alpha value of 0.05, therefore alternative hypothesis is accepted, which means that there is a statistical significant relationship between cargo throughput and number of vessel traffic, turnaround time and number of employees of the Calabar port. Policy implications were made on how those factors can be improved.
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