NPA to spend N807 million on burnt headquarters

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman says a total of N807 million will be spent to rehabilitate a portion of NPA building which was burnt recently during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos.

Bala-Usman disclosed this while defending the 2021 budget of NPA before the Senate Committee on Marine Transport yesterday in Abuja.

She said that the N807 million was different from monies to be spent on replacement of 27 vehicles set ablaze by hoodlums and the three stolen during the violence.

“These vehicles, being operational ones, need to be replaced as soon as insurance companies come up with the aspect of losses to be shouldered. Aside burnt building and vehicles, other working tools like 317 computers were looted as well as photocopiers.

“Cost of replacement will be above a billion naira when added to the N807million already estimated for rehabilitation of the burnt building,” she said.

Bala-Usman assured the committee that the agency, based on ongoing arrangement with the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Inland Waterway Authority (NIWA) was evolving a permanent solution to the gridlock on roads leading to the ports in Lagos.

She said an electronic call up system had been put in place for trucks accessing the ports for evacuation of goods.

“Trucks Park has been established in Orile, Lagos, which is to serve as call up centre for any truck waiting to evacuate goods at the ports. Besides this arrangement, an ultra modern rail line leading to Apapa port and water transportation being offered by NIWA are also helping out,” she said.

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