Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman called on stakeholders in the port industry to synergise towards greater operational efficiency and proffer ways of tackling challenges confronting the industry, adding that it was critical for government in the face of its desire and commitment of making Nigerian ports the leading port in Africa.
NPA MD made the call while addressing maritime stakeholders at the quarterly meeting of the Port Consultative Council (PCC) held in Lagos last week and commended the PCC for impacting positively in the sector.
Usman affirmed the NPA management’s desire at being committed in tackling critical issues facing optimal operational capacity in areas that border on Maritime Safety and Security, Port Access Roads and Multimodal transportation of cargo in view of the rich potentials at our disposal.
She pointed out that “indeed analyzing the overriding objectives of the Federal Government, Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) depends largely on how swiftly we can correct the inherent deficits in our port infrastructure especially the Port Access Roads”,
According to her, NPA has embarked at critically ameliorating the challenges of doing business within the port environment. These include palliatives at ending the gridlocks at Apapa and its axis. Conversion of Lillypond Container Terminal into a holding bay for trucks. Innovation with the automation of the Call-Up System for trucks and other incentives given for the transfer of cargo through barges from Ikorodu, Epe and Ijegun amongst others.
In his contribution, the Chairman Ports Consultative Council (PCC) Otunba Kunle Folarin appreciated and commended the MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, stressing that her vast accomplishments have indeed impacted positively in the sector. “We’ve continued to score a lot of mileage and we need the support of all agencies to move the council to the next level”.
Otunba Folarin explained that the council has been able to collaborate with stakeholders in the transport sector to bring required developmental progress to the industry calling for greater partnership.