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Procure process: NPA boss urges synergy between departments

The  Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Malam Habibu Abdulahi,  has stressed for the need for synergy between departments, the ports, zonal offices and general  management, which are the points  of  initiation and final execution of projects in order to ensure a seamless procurement process  in ports operation.
Speaking at a seminar on procurement  process and the need to enhance budget performance organized for ports managers in Lagos yesterday, the NPA boss said budget  budget performance has witnessed a low performance especially as regards  capital budget  over the past few  years.

He said: “This undoubtedly has been an issue of concern for both  management and Federal  Government  considering   the vital role that ports play as gateways for economic trade and commerce of  the  nation which makes it absolutely  necessary  that we perform optimally. This requires infrastructure development  , maintenance  and acquisition of vital  operational  equipment.”

He said the concession agreement entered into with various private  operators target set clear targets on the level of infrastructure and operational assets that the authority  must provide towards discharging  those  responsibilities.
He added: “Considering  also that the revenues of the authority under the present dispensation  are derived  from its core areas of responsibility  being the provision  of infrastructure/ vessel  support services, the viability of the port is more than ever linked to the level of its infrastructures which  are needed to enhance our capacity to sustain  and foster growth  in traffic  throughput in response to the growth in economic activities.”

He urged the ports managers to establish modalities for early identification  of projects for implementation, ascertain, the process and preliminary studies , evaluation and costing  projects in advance of presentation for inclusion in the budget as well as sequencing and allocating priorities  for the  projects.
Abdulahi also advised them to established the  approval levels and consider applicable due process requirement in respect of each proposal to ensure adequate time allocation for all the stages of the procurement process