Amaechi commends NPA for establishing Simulation Centre in Apapa




The Honourable 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.
Addressing 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 local content.

The Minister said: “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.

He commended the inter-agency collaboration within the sector and urged its continuity for greater dividend.

Earlier in her 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.

She informed 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.

The MD added that today’s 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 various schedules.

She said that with the Centre fully operational, the nation’s ports would benefit immensely through the increase in numbers and receipt of bigger vessels calling.

Her words: “The Authority 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 challenges.”

She also told the stakeholders 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.”

The NPA MD also 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 accomplish them.

Describing the 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.

She appreciated the 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.

On his part, Mr. 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.

He said the facility  would help in advancing the industry and boost the nation’s economy.