NPA Calls For Greater Synergy Among Stakeholders
The Nigeria Ports Authority held it's quarterly meeting with the Ports Consultative Forum in Lagos recently.
The meeting which is geared at improving collaboration, sensitization and familiarization among others called out to stakeholders in the port industry to improve synergy relations towards a greater operational efficiency.
Addressing maritime stakeholders at the quarterly event, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman described the efforts of the Authority at ameliorating the cost of doing business in the ports which includes:
Palliatives at ending the gridlock in the Apapa environs, the conversion of the Lilipond Container Terminal to a holding bay for trucks, incentives for the transfer of cargo through barges from Ikorodu, Epe, Ijegun among others plus innovation and call-up system for trucks.
In her words, Hadiza pointed out that “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 iterated.
While commending the PCC for impacting positively on the sector, the NPA helmsperson affirmed the management’s commitment at tackling critical issues facing optimal operational capacity in maritime safety and security, Port access roads and multimodal transportation of cargo.
Bala Usman further solicited for improved synergy among stakeholders towards the growth and development of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) while employing the best opportunities the sub sector offers.
Meanwhile, the Chairman PCC, Otunba Kunle Folarin commended Bala Usman stressing her vast accomplishments has indeed impacted positively on the sector.
According to him, “We’ve continued to score a lot of mileage and we need the support of all agencies to move the council to the next level”.
Otunba Folarin explained the council has been able to collaborate with stakeholders in the transport sector to bring required developmental progress to the industry.
Pix 1: The Managing Director NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (left), the Chairman PCC, Otunba Kunle Folarin (Middle), the Vice Chairman, Major Henry Ajetunmobi (Rtd.) during the quarterly meeting of the Council in Lagos, recently.
Pix 2: 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, Major Hemry Ajetunmobi (rtd.) during the event.