Plans to link all ports with railways reached mature stage – Minister

MT Ikoro Ekiti, one of the tug boats.

Commissions two NPA’s tug boats

The Federal Government says plans to link the entire nation’s seaports to railway networks to facilitate trade across the board have reached a mature stage.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this in Lagos last week while commissioning two new tug boats bought by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NAP) to facilitate quick turnaround of vessels in the ports.

The two boats are named MT Musawa and MT Ikoro-Ekiti.

Amaechi who commended the Management of NPA on the audacious efforts at repositioning the ports with a competitive edge stated that the government was determined to stimulate greater operational efficiency at the nation’s seaports adding that the maritime sector is critical to the growth of the economy.

According to him, “government is poised at developing the sector because it occupies a fundamental place in the actualization of the economic recovery growth plan (ERGP) of the Buhari administration”.

While speaking, the Chairman Board of Directors of the authority Chief Akin Ricketts said the tug boats marked another landmark in government quest to provide world-class services at the nation’s seaports.

 He noted that all hands must be on deck in prioritizing the critical sustenance of the sub-sector as a great contributor to the growth of the national economy.

Chief Ricketts solicited stakeholders’ support for synergy in the aspiration of moving the industry forward which should be the concern of all and sundry.

In her remarks, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman told stakeholders that the management of the authority was committed to continuous upgrade of facilities and equipment so as to enhance greater service delivery amidst optimal performance.

She assured the shipping community of effective collaboration in the aspiration that the nation’s shipping community joins the comity of nations.

L-R: The Vice Chairman, ENL Consortium, Vicky Haastrup, former NPA
Board Chairman, Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye, MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman,
and the Chairman NPA Board, Akin Ricketts during the occasion.

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