Managing director, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Malam Abdusallam Mohammed has stressed that a well developed port system as well as involvement of the private sector in port operations are vital ingredients in the quest for the achievement of the Vision 2020.
Speaking at the recently concluded Enugu international trade fair which held in Enugu, the managing director harped on the to focus attention on development of dry port facilities, even as he told the gartering that came for the NPA day at the fair that Nigeria also requires liquid bulk terminals, RORO and container terminals.According to him, to achieve an efficient port system, the Nigeria Customs Service must be well positioned to facilitate trade, there must also be total elimination of multiple agencies, cargo tracking device and other innovations.
Above all, Nigeria needs to provide a legal frame work for its port concession programme, he said.The dry port, otherwise called Inland Container Depots will take care of Northern part of the country, the hinterland and landlocked countries around Nigeria.
He stressed the importance of the huge investments in the ports in order to put the nation on an impressive growth, noting the need for an integrated transport policy and development of inter-modal linkages to facilitate door to door shipping.
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