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Vessels waiting time in Nigeria port reviewed

The vessel waiting time in the Nigeria port has now been reviewed to 19 days instead of the previous 28 days and the Channels have been dredged to the required standard.

These were the words of the Managing Director, Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) Mallam Habib Abdullahi while receiving members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport who were in NPA on an oversight function

Besides, the Managing Director also advocated for a measure of autonomy for the Organisation in the Ports and Harbours bill currently in the National Assembly.
According to the Managing Director, a measure of autonomy for the Authority would enable it performs most effectively and efficiently.

He said, “No Port in the world can exist and prosper without a measure of independence, and therefore autonomy is strategic and required to ensure efficiency in line with international best practices.”

Also, the NPA boss informed members of the Committee that many foreign investors have indicated interest in Ports Development in Nigeria. This came to light during the recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to New York explaining that this was an indication of the international recognition of the nation’s maritime potentials.

Meanwhile, the projects inspected by the committee includes the on-going rehabilitation projects at the Authority’s Headquarters, the Marina Jetty, the completed East and West Moles rehabilitation, Quay Wall reconstruction in Tincan Island Port, on-going Access Road Construction and Rail line rehabilitation in Apapa Ports.

At the Marina Jetty, the Committee Chairman, Senator Zainab Kure called on the Authority to reconstruct the jetty and enjoined contractors handling various projects in the Ports to expidite action and completes those projects according to specification.

After the visit, the senate committee chairman said, “We still have some issues we have to sort out with ourselves. If I am to compare what we did last year and what we saw last year with what we are seeing this year, I think there is progress.

“They (authority) did not disappoint as far as what was appropriated is concerned because sometimes you appropriate and you come to a place and it still remain the way you left it. So NPA is not doing badly but there are areas we need to sit down and sort out.”

Other members of the Committee on the visit were – Senator Pius Ewerido, Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Sadiq Yar’Adua, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Senator Benedict Ayade.

Other top management officers on the side of the authority who conducted the Committee round the Ports include Exec. Director, Marine & Operations, Mr David Omonibeke, the Exec. Director, Engineering & Technical Services Mallam Mohammed Sanni Saleh, Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Mr. Olumide Oduntan and some General Managers.