The Acting Managing Director of the NPA, Mohammed Bello Koko says the Control Towers at Apapa Port and Tin Can Island Port will have updated radar and communication equipment that will enable communication among the ports in Lagos and Lekki Port and Dangote Refinery Jetty.
Bello Koko maintained that it is expedient for port facilities to be upgraded so as to impact positively on port operational efficiency, adding that effective communication is an important variable for the efficient performance of the seaports.
He said that NPA would be deploying more marine equipment like pilot cutters and security patrol boats at various port locations to improve port efficiency and security around the ports
The NPA boss stated this while on a facility tour of the newly rehabilitated Control Tower located at the Lagos Ports Complex LPC, declaring that the control tower at Tin Can is also being upgraded to provide communication with ships using the VHF frequency.
According to him, NPA is poised to ensure optimal utilisation of its facilities across the nation’s seaports with a view to position the ports on a competitive edge in the West and Central African sub-region.
“We aspire to be competitors in the sub-region. One of the ways to achieve this is by ensuring our facilities such as the Control Towers are up to date and upgraded to work with modern communication and radar systems. This would improve communication, reduce ship waiting time and further reduce the cost of doing business at our ports,” the MD said.
On the welfare of the pilots, he said the NPA places premium on the comfort of this very valued category of staff of the authority, pointing out that matters concerning the pilots’ accommodation, medical care and recreational facilities at the rehabilitated 9 storey Control Towers are world-class with the provision of facilities such as sleeping quarters, gym, canteens, kitchens and meeting/conference rooms for the pilots and other harbours staff.
“We will ensure that we engage you for optimal performance”, he stressed.