NPA says reforms have improved port services

MD NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi

Mr Habib Abdulahi, Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), has said that Nigerian ports have witnessed more efficient services and upsurge in cargo throughput because of the reforms in the sector.

Abdulahi, represented by Mr Nasir Mohammed, General Manager, Abuja Liaison Office of NPA, made the statement on Tuesday during the NPA day at the 10th Abuja International Trade Fair.
The fair, which started on Sept. 18 and is scheduled to end on Friday, has the theme: ``Entrepreneurship as a panacea for economic growth’’.
He said that the government reforms had increased the level of private participation through entrepreneurial activities in the port sector.
`` The resultant effects of the reforms are more efficient port services, upsurge in cargo throughput, reduction in cargo dwell time and improved vessel turnaround time.
``Other benefits of the reforms are deeper and safer navigation channels and improved port channel management,’’ Abdulahi said.
He said the NPA had significantly moved closer to achieve its vision of being ``the leading port in Africa’’ due to the reforms.
Abdulahi said the vision would be achieved due to the on-going renewal of port infrastructure and transformation of customer facing and back office processes through the successful implementation of various technology capabilities.
The managing director said that there were some investment opportunities in the ports, including pilotage and towage services as well as utilities, such as water and electricity which were independent project.
Others are information and communication technology and Greenfield Port Development infrastructure through rehabilitation, upgrading and Greenfield development, he said.

 Credit: NAN.