|L-R: Managing Director .Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi , Chairman House Committee on Privatization Hon. Ahmed Yerima at visit of the House Committee on Privatization to the NPA Headquarters ,Marina Lagos|
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has promised to give maximum cooperation to the
Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and Terminal Operators at the nation’s
seaports in their efforts at enhancing the growth of Nigeria’s economy.
statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu,
said that the Managing Director of the NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi gave this assurance
Tuesday at a meeting when the House of Representative Committee on
Privatisation and Commercialisation visited the Headquarters of the NPA as part
of its oversight functions.
meeting which had officials of the (BPE),Ports and Cargo Terminals and the JPS
Terminal formerly known as JosepDam ,was held at the conference room of the
meeting which was at the instance of the House of Representative committee on
Privatisation was a follow up to an appeal from Ports and Cargo Terminal to the
NPA on some challenges they were facing as concessionaires.
Tunji Olusinde, the spokesman of Ports and Cargo Terminal and General Manager,
Legal Services said the challenges would be handled if they could secure a
reduction on the lease agreement fees and the renewal of their concession
Managing Director, NPA in his comment noted that the concession was a deliberate
effort by Government to improve the way business was being done.
Abdullahi recalled that the concession process which had been adjudged to be
free and fair was bided for competitively by various interests and that it was
important that along the tenure of the concession, concessionaires adhered to
the terms of agreement in order to sustain the credibility of the process.
,the Chairman of the Committee ,Honourable Ahmed Yerima, disclosed that the
committee was out to assist the executive arm of Government in formulating a
wholesome strategy that will be beneficial to the Nigerian economy especially
now in view of the dwindling government revenue from the oil sector.
Yerima, added that the world economy was heavily dependent on private sector
participation and that all bureaucratic bottle necks that would hinder the
growth of the economy should be removed by all stakeholders.
called on BPE and the NPA to collaborate and sit with all concessionaires in
order to move the economy forward.
his submission, the Director, Transport of the BPE,
Mallam Yusuf Adamu told the committee that the BPE had received the appeal from
Ports and Cargo and that it was being studied.
assured that a position paper would soon be submitted to the National Council
on Privatisation and the NPA.
would be recalled that the entire delegation had visited the facilities of Port
and Cargo owned by Sifax Group as well as Josepdam Ports Services, the previous