NPA pledges commitment to enabling business environment at ports

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority has assured of its commitment to creating an enabling environment at the ports for effective service delivery.

Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko, spoke while receiving members of the House Of Representatives Committee on Ports during a working visit to the NPA.

She explained that the Authority was working to reduce the cargo dwell time at the Ports as well as to embrace multimodal transportation through the use of locomotive trains and barges for the movement of cargoes in and out of the ports to the hinterlands.

She said: “Over 95% of the cargoes coming into the Ports are taken through trucks and that is not efficient. There must be multimodal means of transportation to include trains and barges in order to reduce congestion and we are working towards this.”

In his remarks, Chairman of the House Committee, Garba Mohammad, told stakeholders that the visit to the ports was to avail the committee with the workings of the ports and find out ways that the House could enhance port operations.

He thanked the NPA Management for the Authority’s cooperation with regards to its work. A development that made it possible for the committee members to keep up speed with the NPA operations.

He said: “It is necessary for members to see things for themselves and also meet with the operators so that we could better appreciate activities and operations of not only the NPA, but also terminal operators and other service providers.”

Mohammad further said that the visit was to appraise the 2019 budget performance in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government during the presentation of the 2020 budget.

He commended the NPA Management for the positive developments in the sector since its assumption of office, and assured of the committee’s willingness to partner with the Authority toward improving the maritime sector.