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NPA, NISA to partner for maritime industry development

Managing Director of NPA; Malam Habib Abdullahi and the NISA president, Capt. Dada Labinjo

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi, has said the NPA would partner with the Nigeria
Ship-owners Association (NISA) for the development of the maritime sector.

In a statement on Monday in Lagos, Abdullahi made
the pledge while receiving the newly- elected executive members of the NISA who
paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

According to him, all the stakeholders in the maritime
have a common goal of developing the sector and therefore urged the NISA members
to ensure that their relevance was felt in the industry operations.
The NPA boss assured the association of
support and to work for the successful execution of the Cabotage Act, even
though the responsibility for the implementation of the Act lies with the Nigeria
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
He also urged the association to patronise the
Continental Shipyard Limited (CSL) an NPA Joint Venture Company, for the repair
of their ships, as he expressed readiness to partner with NISA in the formation
of a joint committee to look into areas of mutual interest.
Earlier, the NISA president, Capt. Dada
Labinjo, told the Managing Director that the new executives decided to visit
him because it recognises NPA as very important government agency in the nation’s

According to Labinjo, stakeholders in the
industry need to cultivate healthy relationship to collaborate and synergise
for the development of the maritime sector in order to attain international
standards in the nation’s shipping industry.
He urged the NPA to be active in the 2015
Nigeria Maritime Expo(NIMAREX).
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