NPA confident of Eastern Port relevance to Nigeria’s maritime development




 
MD NPA, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero
Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday expressed confidence of the relevance of the Eastern Port to the development of the nation’s maritime sector.

 This is contained in a statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs of the NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.

The NPA Managing Director was speaking at a meeting with major maritime stakeholders during his maiden working visit to the Onne Port, in Port Harcourt over the weekend, the statement read.

It said that Ado Bayero implored stakeholders in the Eastern Ports to realise the vital role they play in the nation’s economy and their contributions to development of the industry.

It added that the NPA boss charged the stakeholders to live up to the terms and conditions of their lease agreements in their service delivery as expectations from port users, consumers and the nation were high.

The Managing Director reassured that the NPA will on its part collaborate with the stakeholders to ensure efficient perform for the overall benefits of the nation’s economy, according to the statement.

“As stakeholders, you remain relevant in the focal point of the nation’s maritime development. You must realise your vital roles and contributions to the economy.

“We shall collaborate with you to ensure that you perform effectively and efficiently for the benefit of the nation”, the statement quoted the Managing Director.

It said while speaking, the Executive Director, Marine and Operation, NPA Engr. David Omonibeke, said that the NPA Management was aware of the challenges hindering the smooth operations at the Ports in the Eastern axis.

 It said Omonibeke gave assurance that the Management had started addressing the challenges and with a resolve to attend to the challenges promptly in the future.

The statement said Omonibeke was confident that the collaborative efforts of stakeholders would enable the NPA Management surmount the challenges of bad port access roads and challenge of evacuating cargo from the port.

It said the General Manager, Eastern Ports (NPA) Mr Obumneme Onuenyenwa commended the efforts of the Managing Director and his team for ensuring the road expansion at the Western Ports and the Eastern Ports.

The statement also said that the General Manager, Intels Nigeria Ltd., Mr Sascha Kuchi, urged the Federal Government to supply stakeholders with regular power in order to reduce the cost of doing business at the Onne Port.