The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (left), the Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba kunle Folarin (Middle), the Vice Chairman, Major Henry Ajetunmobi (Rtd.) during the Quarterly Meeting of the Council in Lagos
The Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman has sued for improved synergy among stakeholders in the Industry towards greater operational efficiency as well as proffer ways of tackling challenges.
Hadiza who made this call while Addressing Maritime stakeholders at the quarterly meeting of the Port Consultative Council (PCC) in Lagos, said this is important as it is critical for government in the face of its desire and commitment of making our Ports the leading Port in Africa and commended the PCC for impacting positively in the sector.
She affirmed the NPA Management commitment 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 considering the rich potentials at our disposal.
Hadiza pointed out that “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”,
According to the NPA Boss, the Management has taken cogent steps towards ameliorating the challenges of doing business within the port environment which include palliatives at ending the gridlocks at Apapa and its axis., Conversion of Lillypond Container Terminal into a holding bay for trucks, 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 amongst others.
She further solicited for improved synergy by all stakeholders towards making the best use of the opportunities the sub sector has in stock towards the growth and development of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) most especially.
Responding, the Chairman Ports Consultative Council (PCC) Otunba Kunle Folarin appreciated and commended the efforts of the MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, stressing that her vast accomplishments have indeed impacted positively in the sector, while stressing the need for the support of all agencies to move the council to the next level, adding that the council has been able to collaborate with stakeholders in the transport sector to bring required developmental progress to the industry calling for greater partnership.
.2. 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, Major Hemry Ajetunmobi (rtd.) during the event