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NPA says reforms have improved port services

MD NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi

Mr Habib
Abdulahi, Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), has said that
Nigerian ports have witnessed more efficient services and upsurge in cargo
throughput because of the reforms in the sector.

Abdulahi, represented by Mr Nasir
Mohammed, General Manager, Abuja Liaison Office of NPA, made the statement on
Tuesday during the NPA day at the 10th Abuja International Trade Fair.
The fair, which started on Sept.
18 and is scheduled to end on Friday, has the theme: “Entrepreneurship as a
panacea for economic growth’’.
He said that the government
reforms had increased the level of private participation through
entrepreneurial activities in the port sector.
“ The resultant effects of the
reforms are more efficient port services, upsurge in cargo throughput,
reduction in cargo dwell time and improved vessel turnaround time.
“Other benefits of the reforms
are deeper and safer navigation channels and improved port channel
management,’’ Abdulahi said.
He said the NPA had significantly
moved closer to achieve its vision of being “the leading port in Africa’’ due
to the reforms.
Abdulahi said the vision would be
achieved due to the on-going renewal of port infrastructure and transformation
of customer facing and back office processes through the successful
implementation of various technology capabilities.
The managing director said that
there were some investment opportunities in the ports, including pilotage and
towage services as well as utilities, such as water and electricity which were
independent project.
Others are information and
communication technology and Greenfield Port Development infrastructure through
rehabilitation, upgrading and Greenfield development, he said.

 Credit: NAN.
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