Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi, has lauded the Management
of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the establishment of an Ultra-Modern
Marine and Harbour Simulation Centre at Dockyard Apapa.
stakeholders at the commissioning of the Centre, the Minister said the feat
would save the Federal Government foreign exchange that would have been used in
training personnel abroad, thus expressing the government’s effort at encouraging
“It is a testament that we are attaining the status of the desired maritime
destination of choice. This facility will attract professionals from within and
outside the country,” he added.
inter-agency collaboration within the sector and urged its continuity for
address, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala
Usman, stated that the commissioning of the Centre signals the federal government’s
preparedness and resolve at competing most- favorably in the global maritime space.
stakeholders that the Marine and Harbours Ultra-Modern Simulation Centre is
expected to engender greater operational efficiency in the activities of the organization,
with the expectant patronage from within Africa and globally.
event would build the capacity of the NPA’s Operations Staff, the Pilots, Marine
officers, Tug Masters, Radio Signal Operators and prepare them to respond appropriately to the challenges of their
the Centre fully operational, the nation’s ports would benefit immensely through
the increase in numbers and receipt of bigger vessels calling.
pays high premium on the capacity of its personnel to be the best at their
schedules and various duties in other to respond to greater operational
that the commissioning of the Centre is “part of the Authority’s strategic
positioning and intent at becoming the leading powers in Port services in
Africa and beyond.”
said that the commissioning of the Centre should be a constant reminder that
matters concerning occupational health and safety standards 18001 and ISO 9002
compliance drive are important issues requiring everybody’s commitment to duly
facility as a national pride, she implored administrators of the facility and
stakeholders to always observe required Standard Operational Procedures (SOP)
adding that Management of the NPA would prioritize maintenance of the Centre.
commitment of staff of the NPA and the encouragement from the ministry,
especially the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike
Ameachi, at the timely completion of the project.
Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye, Chairman Board of Directors of the NPA, commended the
efforts of the management of the authority, which resulted in the commissioning
of the facility.
facility would help in advancing the
industry and boost the nation’s economy.