|MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman|
that failure to honour some of the terms of the concession agreement was
responsible for its decommissioning of Rivers Ports Terminal B being operated
by Bua Ports and Terminals Ltd.
The NPA also refuted claims by the company
that the decommissioning was as a result of NPA’s refusal to fulfill certain
obligations including refusal to abide by a court order, provision of security,
dredging of the port, repair, renew and rebuild quay walls.
General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of the NPA, the
Authority said the decommissioning of Rivers Ports Terminal was out of safety
BUA Ports and Terminals Limited letter informing us that the “jetty is in a
state of total dilapidation and in urgent need of repair or reconstruction…our
engineers have advised us that the jetty is liable to collapse at any moment…”
the statement read in part.
commenced writing the authority requesting to reconstruct the berth after the
termination notice had been issued following 10 years of refusal to fulfill this
obligation. How can you request to reconstruct a berth which you have no legal claim
to, following the termination?”
BUA Terminal did not complain when it carried on in its business in the same premises
and recording 117 vessels carrying liquid and dry bulk cargos berthing.
of such number of vessels in its facility automatically refutes its claims that
the NPA flouted the orders of a court of law. “Moreso, the total number of
vessels berthed showed that they have been making full commercial use of the
terminal even with the poor quay walls and low draft.”
reconstruction work of the berth in the last 10 years, an agreement that should
have been complied with within a stipulated 90 days.
company not fixing the dilapidated portions exposed the berth to pockets of
theft where pipes and steel beams were removed.
deterred from performing its rightful oversight duties, rather, it would
diligently pursue the arbitration process, which it initiated despite the delay