NPA MD, Omar Suleiman
By John Iwori
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Omar Suleiman, has called on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to review the cargo examination policy in the nation’s seaports, airports and international borders.
Suleiman stated that there was need to review the present process of subjecting goods to 100 percent physical examination at the ports.
The NPA helmsman stated while receiving the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador David Macrae who paid him a courtesy visit.
He enjoined NCS to acquire hi-tech equipment that would examine cargoes in a way that would fast track delivery of consignments to consignees.
Suleiman also urged NCS to improve its information tracking system whereby containerised cargoes could be known without subjecting them to 100 percent physical examination.
He told his guest of his efforts at developing a deep seaport at Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State, even as he disclosed that the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio has put in place plans to link Ibaka with rail tracks so that cargoes brought through the port could be moved to different locations in the country.
He pointed out that the Ibaka project is a product of collaborative efforts of the Akwa Ibom State Government and the management of NPA and that the state government has put necessary infrastructure in place to hasten the take-off of the deep seaport.
Macrae in his remarks lauded Suleiman for improving the infrastructure in Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) and Apapa port and pledged EU support and co-operation in the promotion of maritime business in Nigeria.