Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00
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Senate Committee defends NPA projects execution

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Hajia zainab Kure has defended the projects being executed by NPA, especially the rehabilitation of the Quey Apron and Queue Walls of the Tincan Island port.

According to her, wear and tear has set in and there is the need to rehabilitate in other to bring the port to modern standards.

She dropped the hint in an interview with journalist after a two-day inspection of the rehabilitated projects and said between last year and now (Tuesday) when the committee saw the poor state of the infrastructure and appropriates funds for them, “the level work on them is encouraging”.

She continued that the performance of the ports authority encourages the lawmakers to ensure that the needed funds are appropriated by the National Assembly (NASS) for the modernization of port infrastructure.

The Senator stated that his committee will visit the Eastern ports to be sure that the level compliance in project execution show by the NPA in Western ports is replicated there.
According to the Niger state born senator, the committee decided to see the level of work on the ongoing projects to enable them to be able to prioritize in terms of allocation of funds to projects “because fund is scarce”.

Meanwhile, the senator called on NPA to continue to carry the National Assembly along in all its doing as it has always done and that the issues earlier raised by some members of the committee on their first day of the inspection tour of the projects, particularly with regards to the contract sums and the operations of the companies NPA is partnership with expatriate firms.

She said, “if the jobs had passed through the Nigeria’s procurement law and the job awarded by the Federal Executive Council, NPA as an agency has nothing to do with them.
All the projects the senate committee inspected were approved last year by the National Assembly and funds allocated for them in the 2012 Budget Act.

Their visit on Tuesday was to see the level of work for further appropriation of funds. NPA partnerships in other specialist international firms had been endorsed by the NASS.

The ongoing projects the senators inspected in their two day facility tour were, the modernization of the NPA headquarters building, the East West Moles, Apapa port common user road and the Tincan Island Ports Quey Apron and Quey wall rehabilitation