NPA, NISA to partner for maritime industry development

Managing Director of NPA; Malam Habib Abdullahi and the NISA president, Capt. Dada Labinjo

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi, has said the NPA would partner with the Nigeria Ship-owners Association (NISA) for the development of the maritime sector.
In a statement on Monday in Lagos, Abdullahi made the pledge while receiving the newly- elected executive members of the NISA who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

According to him, all the stakeholders in the maritime have a common goal of developing the sector and therefore urged the NISA members to ensure that their relevance was felt in the industry operations.

The NPA boss assured the association of support and to work for the successful execution of the Cabotage Act, even though the responsibility for the implementation of the Act lies with the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

He also urged the association to patronise the Continental Shipyard Limited (CSL) an NPA Joint Venture Company, for the repair of their ships, as he expressed readiness to partner with NISA in the formation of a joint committee to look into areas of mutual interest.

Earlier, the NISA president, Capt. Dada Labinjo, told the Managing Director that the new executives decided to visit him because it recognises NPA as very important government agency in the nation’s maritime.

According to Labinjo, stakeholders in the industry need to cultivate healthy relationship to collaborate and synergise for the development of the maritime sector in order to attain international standards in the nation’s shipping industry.
He urged the NPA to be active in the 2015 Nigeria Maritime Expo(NIMAREX).