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Port Efficiency: NPA seeks more synergy among stakeholders in sub-sector

   L-R: The Asst. Director, Port Administration, Fed. Ministry of Transportation, Ofie Sunday, the Asst. Comptroller General / Zonal Coordinator Zone “A”, Chinwe Ekekezie, the MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, the Chairman, PCC Otunba Kunle Folarin, the Deputy Chairman, PCC, Maj. Henry Ajetunmobi (rtd.) at the event.

The Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA) has called on stakeholders in the port sub-sector to further synergize
toward attaining greater efficiency and in being able to proffer solutions to
tackling their common problems as a commitment to attaining the status of
leading ports in Africa.

The Managing Director
of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, stated this while addressing Maritime
stakeholders at the quarterly meeting of the Port Consultative Council (PCC)
held in Lagos.

She expressed commitment
of the NPA Management in tackling critical issues facing optimal operational
capacity in areas that border on maritime safety and security, port access roads
and multimodal transportation of cargo in view of the rich potentials at the
nation’s disposal.
The NPA MD said:  “indeed analyzing the overriding objectives of
the Federal Government, Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) depends
largely on how swiftly we can correct the inherent deficits in our port
infrastructure especially the Port Access Roads.”
She said that the NPA
Management takes seriously, issues concerning the challenges of doing business
within the port environment, and therefore, provided palliatives at ending the gridlock  within Apapa and its environs,   the conversion of Lillypond Container Terminal
into a holding bay for trucks, and the innovation with the automation of the
call-up system for trucks and other incentives given for the transfer of cargo
through barges from Ikorodu, Epe and Ijegun among others.
She further solicited
for improved synergy by all stakeholders towards making the best use of the
opportunities the port sub-sector has in stock toward the growth and
development of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), particularly.
In his contribution,
the Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC) , Otunba Kunle Folarin,  appreciated and commended Ms Bala Usman, as he
stressed the fact about how her accomplishments have indeed impacted positively
on the sector. 
Otunba Folarin
explained that the council had been able to collaborate with stakeholders in
the transport sector to bring required development to the industry, even as he
called for greater partnership.

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