Nigerian Ports Authority
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Malam Habibu Abdulahi, has stressed the need for the synergy among departments, the ports, zonal offices and general management, which are the points of initiation and final execution of projects.
This, according to him, is in order to ensure a seamless procurement process in the authority.
Speaking at a seminar on procurement and the need to enhance budget performance organised for ports managers in Lagos, Abdulahi said budget performance has witnessed a low level especially as regards capital budget over the years.
“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.
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.
“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.
"These are needed to enhance our capacity to sustain and foster growth in traffic throughput in response to the growth in economic activities’’, he said.
Abdulahi 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.
He enjoined them to establish the approval levels and consider applicable due process requirements in respect of each proposal to ensure adequate time allocation for all the stages of the procurement process.