The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman has reiterated her resolve to ensure an effective service delivery in all Nigerian Ports so as to make the nation’s maritime sector more competitive in the sub-region.
A statement on Friday by the NPA’s General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, A.A Jatto, said Mrs Bala-Usman stated this while receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Habour who paid a working visit to the NPA headquarters in Lagos.
The managing-director, represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko, explained that the Authority was working to reduce the dwell time of cargo at the Ports as well as embrace multimodal transportation.
According to her, this could be achieved through the use of locomotive trains and barges for the evacuation of cargoes in and out of the Ports to the hinterlands.
She said: “Over 95% of the cargoes coming into the Ports are taken through trucks and that is not efficient.
“There must be multimodal means of transportation to include trains and barges in order to reduce congestion and we are working towards this.”
In his remarks, the Chairman, House Committee on Ports and Habour, Garba Datti-Mohammad said the aim of the visit was to avail the committee with the workings of the Ports so as to find out ways the House could enhance their operations.
He thanked the NPA management for the cooperation that the committee has received from the organization noting that this has brought members up to speed as to the operations of NPA.
“It is necessary for members to see things for themselves and also meet with the operators so that we could better appreciate activities and operations of not only the NPA, but also terminal operators and other service providers”.
Mr Datti-Mohammad stated further that the visit was to appraise the 2019 budget performance in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government during the presentation of the 2020 budget.
He, therefore, commended the Management of the NPA for the positive developments in the sector since its assumption of office, assuring the committee’s willingness to partner with the Authority towards improving the maritime sector given its importance to the national economy.