Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authourity; Hadiza Bala Usman (M) addressing stakeholders at Calabar port last week. With her, are from left General Manager Marine and Operations, Mr. Joshua Asanga, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sekonte H. Davies, Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar and General Manager, Engineering, Ahmed R. Mohammed.
Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has assured that management of the organisation is working towards making Nigerian ports a safe haven for investors.
She said this at the NPA’s Special Day during the ongoing 2017 International Trade Fair organized by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry at the Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos. The theme of the fair is: ‘’Promoting Industrialization for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth’’.
The NPA boss also assured of investing resources in the area of capacity building and an efficient port system towards the growth of the nation’s economy.
According to her, developing nations have come to the realization that industrialization is a channel through which a nation’s economic recovery short and long term is dependent upon. To this end all hand must be on deck by all concerned towards finding a long lasting solution to these perennial problems facing our nation in the area of starvation, diseases and unemployment amongst others.
According to the NPA MD who was represented by the General Manager Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, the organisation’s management is working towards making Nigeria seaports a safe haven for investors within the sub-Sahara Africa by providing a conducive environment for all in line with International best practices.
She added that, ‘’ there is currently an Executive Order on 24 hour Port Operations and the Authority has placed all the necessary mechanisms to ensure the realization of the Order’’.
In her welcome address, the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI),Dr. (Mrs.) Nike Akande lauded the contributions of the Port Industry to the growth and development of the nation’s economy and called on the relevant Government agencies to ensure an enabling environment for an efficient Port system.
She noted further; “The Ports are critical to the economic life of this country and this makes it imperative that Agencies managing the Nation’s Ports and Maritime Infrastructure must continually work towards a better regulatory and operational environment that guarantees Ports efficiency across the Country. The issues around Port Operations are well known by the Agencies concerned with Port Management in Nigeria and we acknowledge the efforts of Government towards improving the efficiency of the Ports’’.