By Aisha Cole
In her drive to boost the economy, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Ms Hadiza Usman, is to work with professionals in the maritime sector to make the ports more attractive to business.
According to the General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Michael Ajayi, Usman said that NPA was more determined to close the gap between it and the professionals by engaging them in most of its activities.
The managing director received members of the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC) in her office.
She told members of the NPCC that she would need their inputs and those of other professionals to move the industry forward.
Usman said NPA would find solution to the issue of gridlock in Apapa and fix the access roads to boost port operations.
She expressed concern over other challenges facing the ports and assured the group of her determination to find a lasting solution to the problems.
The managing director said she would look critically at all the recommendations made by the NPCC and promised to implement the good ones to boost the economy.
She said the maritime industry “needs the experience which many members of the NPCC are bringing forward to NPA in charting a new course for the sector’’.
Usman also expressed the readiness of her management team to pursue the issue of making the ports competitive in the sub-region to a logical conclusion to improve the performance of the ports.
According to her, this is by developing port infrastructure, regulating charges and making the ports more cost effective.
Usman said NPA had embarked on the journey to achieve efficiency at the seaports.
Usman said the new management of NPA would deliver on its new mandate by meeting the expectations of Nigerians in port operation, efficiency and port charges.
She urged members of the NPCC to support the NPA in its drive to make the port a hub in the sub-region.
The managing director also assured the NPCC that all irregularities and arbitrariness in the port system would be addressed by her team.
The Chairman of the NPCC, Mr Kunle Folarin, said “the council is the only body that harbours many varied and diverse professionals and stakeholders under one roof’’.
Folarin urged the management of NPA to always reach out to all stakeholders.
Otunba Folarin said the NPCC had produced many reports that were found relevant in tackling some of the problems facing the ports and the sector.
He promised to always support the NPA in its drive to succeed.
Folarin solicited the support of the Management of the NPA so that the NPCC could attain its goal