The Nigeria Ports of Authority NPA has assured the the Government of the United State of America a robust and continued working relationship.
Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi gave this assurance on Monday through the Consular General of USA.
He said the continued support of the Management of NPA would create an enabling environment towards achieving greater efficiency and capacity building in its hub status in the Maritime sector. Mallam Abdullahi 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 inMarina.
In his address, the MD 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.
Achieving standards by all and avoiding “porousness in our Ports by making sure that things are being done rightly’’
The MD reiterated that as a way of diversification in the Ports and achieving greater productivity, new Ports are being developed such as the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Akwa Ibom and Badagry Ports meant to assist import and export. There is also the specialised Portbeing put in place at Ondo State for mining only, which would commence operations soon.
The MD also informed the gathering of the improvement ofIntermodalTransport 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 Transport. At present, there is a rail linelinking Lagos to Calabar, Lagos to Kano and Port Harcourt, which are being expanded for use as soon as possible. Management he said 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.
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.