Early completion of deep seaport will facilitate efficiency – NPA MD

Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (left), and the Acting Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr. Chidi Izuwah, at NPA Headquarters, Lagos, on Tuesday.

The early completion of deep seaport projects will not only facilitate operational efficiency in the nation’s maritime system but will also further strengthen the Federal Government’s policy of the Ease of Doing Business, says Hadiza Bala Usman,  Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Usman made the statement, according to a release from NPA, when Engineer Chidi Izuwah, Acting Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) paid a working visit to Usman in her office in Lagos on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

She however reiterated the determination of NPA to support the quick completion of all deep sea ports projects in the country, considering their potential to the future maritime activities of the nation.

Usman restated the need to fast track the nation’s navigational channels to accommodate bigger vessels which would generate more revenue and improve trade facilitation in the sub region.

Hadiza further stated that plans are almost being concluded for the business model meant for the Lilypond Terminal, as part of management’s resolve for improved service delivery in the terminals and charged all concerned with the working document for the review of the terminal’s agreement to speed up the processes that would allow for the swift consideration and possible approval for a 5 year renewal being sought by Lilypond.

Earlier in his opening remark, the ICRC Director General applauded the numerous positive changes the maritime sub sector has witnessed since the assumption of office by Usman.

While lauding the port reforms, Izuwah stated that ICRC was willing to support  the drive towards ensuring the growth witnessed thus far is guarded to the letter in view of the economic benefits to the nation at large.

Engineer Izuwah informed that ICRC was in Lagos to have a first -hand assessment of works at Lilypond Terminal and Josepdam amongst others MDA Projects by the Federal Government. It was keen at identifying the various encumbrances being faced by MDA’s towards speedy job completions as well as provide suggestions through effective synergy with those concerned.

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