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NPA boss hopeful new Deep Seaports will be highly productive

Diversification in the ports and achieving of greater
productivity can be done through the development of the new deep seaports in
the country, the managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam
Habib Abdullahi has said.

Abdullahi identified the deep seaports as Lekki Deep
Sea Port, Akwa Ibom and Badagry Ports, saying they are meant to assist import
and export.
He made the statement during the visit of the United
States Consular General to Nigeria, John Boay, who paid him a courtesy visit at
the Corporate Headquarters in Marina.
The NPA boss added that there was also the specialised
port being put in place at Ondo State for mining only, which would commence
operations soon.
Abdullahi also informed the United States Consular
General of the improvement of Intermodal Transport through the Railway
Transport system, where goods would be moved from one part of the country to
the hinterland for smooth operation instead of relying solely the road
At present, there is a rail line linking Lagos to
Calabar, Lagos to Kano and Port Harcourt which are being expanded for use as
soon as possible, he said.
Management, according to him, was always ready to
assist the terminal operators achieve standards in terms of operational
efficiency and meeting set target in accordance with the ISPS Code.
He also assured the United States Government of the
continued support of the management at creating an enabling environment towards
achieving greater efficiency and capacity building in the maritime sector.
He stated that the mutual support being sought by the
United States Government with the Nigerian Ports Authority was important in
view of the role the industry plays in the development of any nation.
He stressed that the organisation was ready to partner
with the U.S as a way of achieving set targets.
Some of the achievements recorded by the present
management, according to him, include the enforcement of its regulatory status
to terminal operators.
He also added that achieving standards by all and
avoiding “porousness in our Ports by making sure that things are being done
rightly’’ was part of the goals of the management.
In his address, the Consul General of the United
States of America to Nigeria, John Boay, promised to assist the Nigeria
Government through the NPA in areas such as capacity building and training in
achieving its leading status as well as its mission statement.

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