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NPA, USA partner on port development

 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)and the Miami county
in the state of Florida, United States of America(USA)have agreed to work
together for the infrastructural development of Nigerian ports.
 The two parties met in Miami, United
States on Nov. 10 to discuss areas of mutual interests in development of
existing ports and proposed deep sea port projects of the Federal Government of

Mrs Ugo Madubuike, the General
Manager, Business Development and Joint Ventures of the NPA, who represented
the Managing Director of the agency, Mallam
 Habib  Abdullahi, had led the NPA delegation to the
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Miami, Florida, where the agency
sold the prospects of abundant business opportunities in the Nigerian Ports.
While briefing Marie Gill, the
Operator and Executive Director of Minority Business Development Agency, Miami,
USA, Mrs Madubuike, declared that the NPA was willing to open its existing
ports and the proposed deep sea ports to the American investors for the
infrastructural development of the facilities.
She educated her guests on port
concession exercise of the Nigerian government and the role of the NPA in the
new dispensation.
 The NPA chief said the desire
of the management of the agency to make the Nigerian ports the leading ports in
sub-Sahara Africa was the motivating factor behind its seeking to partner any
interested investors who can development the port facilities.
‘’ The NPA is undertaking a
gigantic deep sea port project on Private- Public Partnership and is willing to
open the proposed ports and the existing ones to investors who can take
advantage of the abundant business opportunities in the area of dredging and
provision of other facilities that will grow the port’’, Mrs Madubuike said.
 She also elaborated on the
efforts of the NPA management to enhance the competitiveness and efficiency of
the port.
Speaking in the same vein, Engr.
Musa Wada, the Port Manager of Calabar port, said the port concession of 2006
has attracted a lot of foreign investors who have taken advantage of the
liberalization policy of government on port development.
He specifically wanted investors in
the USA to come to Calabar port where he said boundless investment opportunities
Marier Gill, who expressed the
willingness of her agency to partner the NPA to develop its ports, noted that
the Nigerian delegation could not have come at the right time when the US
government was focusing its attention on the development of power sector in the
Sub-Saharan Africa.
 According to her, the Obama
Administration has voted $7.5billion to aid the infrastructural development,
especially in power sectors of African countries.
She said that the Power Africa
summit which was held in April in Miami, was the initiative of the US
government to partner African countries in developing their power sectors.
Marie disclosed that Nigeria
presented a strong showing at the summit through the Minister of state for
Power, Mohammed Wali.
 She promised the NPA
delegation to help as a bridge between the large clientele of the Development
Agency and help attract them to invest in the infrastructural development of
the Nigerian ports.

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