Port Efficiency: NPA seeks more synergy among stakeholders in sub-sector

   L-R: The Asst. Director, Port Administration, Fed. Ministry of Transportation, Ofie Sunday, the Asst. Comptroller General / Zonal Coordinator Zone “A”, Chinwe Ekekezie, the MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, the Chairman, PCC Otunba Kunle Folarin, the Deputy Chairman, PCC, Maj. Henry Ajetunmobi (rtd.) at the event.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has called on stakeholders in the port sub-sector to further synergize toward attaining greater efficiency and in being able to proffer solutions to tackling their common problems as a commitment to attaining the status of leading ports in Africa.
The Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, stated this while addressing Maritime stakeholders at the quarterly meeting of the Port Consultative Council (PCC) held in Lagos.

She expressed commitment of the NPA Management in tackling critical issues facing optimal operational capacity in areas that border on maritime safety and security, port access roads and multimodal transportation of cargo in view of the rich potentials at the nation’s disposal.

The NPA MD said:  “indeed analyzing the overriding objectives of the Federal Government, Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) depends largely on how swiftly we can correct the inherent deficits in our port infrastructure especially the Port Access Roads.”

She said that the NPA Management takes seriously, issues concerning the challenges of doing business within the port environment, and therefore, provided palliatives at ending the gridlock  within Apapa and its environs,   the conversion of Lillypond Container Terminal into a holding bay for trucks, and the innovation with the automation of the call-up system for trucks and other incentives given for the transfer of cargo through barges from Ikorodu, Epe and Ijegun among others.

She further solicited for improved synergy by all stakeholders towards making the best use of the opportunities the port sub-sector has in stock toward the growth and development of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), particularly.

In his contribution, the Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC) , Otunba Kunle Folarin,  appreciated and commended Ms Bala Usman, as he stressed the fact about how her accomplishments have indeed impacted positively on the sector. 

Otunba Folarin explained that the council had been able to collaborate with stakeholders in the transport sector to bring required development to the industry, even as he called for greater partnership.