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We’re committed to providing enabling business environment, NPA MD assures visiting Danish Ambassador

Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the
Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies (Middle), the
Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Jesper Kamp (3rd from
left), other top Management of the Organization (NPA) and Maersk Nigeria
Limited, when the Danish Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the Management of
NPA at the Authority’s Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos 

The Managing
Director of  theNigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has expressed the
Authority’s commitment to providing enabling environment for business
to grow in the maritime sector.

She stated this
on Tuesday while receiving the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jesper Kamp,
who paid her a courtesy visit in the corporate headquarters in Marina.

Represented by
the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte H. Davies,
called for continuous engagement on the way forward in the maritime sector.

Dr. Sokonte told
the Ambassador that the Authority remained committed to the development of Deep
Seaports across Nigeria in line with the development of global economy which is
about maritime.

He disclosed that
efforts were on-going to increase the depth of the draught of Onne port to
eleven{11} meters as a way of encouraging bigger vessels, adding that as a
pioneer in the maritime business, the Authority will always tap from the wealth
of experience of the Danish government.

Earlier, the
Ambassador, had told the Managing Director that his visit was part  of his efforts to promote Danish-Nigerian trade
relations and attract investment to Nigeria.

Mr. Kamp further
said that besides facilitating investment in infrastructure to Nigeria, he had
been mobilizing Danish companies to come and invest in Nigeria, as exemplified
by MAERSK Line and other companies.

The Ambassador
said that Danish government operates thirty commercial vessels in the Gulf of
Guinea and therefore his country is concerned about security in the Nigeria
maritime domain.

The envoy added
that the Danish government was collaborating with NIMASA and IMO on training of
marine cadets and maritime security and called on NPA to be part of this collaboration.

In his
contribution, the Managing Director of MAERSK Line, Mr Gildas Tohouo, who
accompanied the Danish Ambassador thanked the management of Nigerian Ports
Authority and other stakeholders for their support for Maersk Line and for
efforts at increasing the depth of Onne port.

The Maersk
Managing Director also reiterated the willingness of the company to patronize
Onne Port the moment the port channel is deepened by additional one meter as
being proposed, stressing that the Maersk Line Operation will eventually
increase the revenue base of the port by $2M.

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