The Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Emmanuel Adesoye has stated that the current economic challenges facing Nigeria can fully be addressed if the economic and human potential within the labour force particularly in the maritime sub-sector are swiftly harnessed.
He stated that doing so in a holistic manner, along government’s diversification efforts towards the utilisation of other revenue generation initiatives, will help to stimulate the economy to growth.
The NPA board chairman made this know when him and his fellow board members visited locations in Eastern Ports in the country.
Adesoye reaffirmed that NPA has been strategically positioned to most meaningfully contribute towards the nation’s recovery from economic down turn by prioritising the potentials of the exportation of agricultural and mineral resources through the nation’s Seaports.
This, he stressed, would enhance improve revenue generation reassuring stakeholders and investors that management is working towards the provision of craft and equipment’s across the nation under budgetary limit,
The chairman stressed that this will address the challenges confronting efficient service delivery, as well as safety of lives and cargo at the nation’s seaports.
‘’It would also bring about improved revenue generation, “he added.
In his contribution, the General Manager, Eastern Port, Abdulahi Goje appreciated the tour of facilities by the NPA board members and called for assistance in addressing grey areas in respect of security challenges so that the locations would operate and perform optimally.
According to him, these are critical ingredient for efficient service delivery and improve revenue generation consequently.
The board members were accompanied on the tour of the facilities by the General Manager, Monitoring and Compliance Eastern Ports, Edward Kabir, Port Manager Rivers Port, Umar Abubakar Gabar and other stakeholders.
In a related development, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman has assured the management of Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) of a strong synergy in order to jointly move the economy of Nigeria forward.
Speaking while playing host to the management of NLNG, she pledged a seamless communication and constructive engagement with the management of NLNG with a view to promoting a harmonious inter agency collaboration.
The NPA boss added that the organization will work assiduously to remain competitive in the sub sector of the sub region through effective tariff regime. She also stated that the management would pay premium to the maintenance of infrastructure with a view to ensuring that efficient and effective operations thrive across board.
Usman stressed that the NPA would ensure robust synergy with the management of NLNG in order to enhance revenue generation accrued from its Bonny operations.
She concluded that a committee comprising of NPA and NLNG officials would meet in the coming days to look at the knotty issues between the two organizations so as to ensure the success of the NLNG projects.
Earlier in his address the Managing Director of NLNG, Mr. Tony Attah thanked the NPA boss for a courteous and warm reception accorded his team, adding that the need to foster a stronger partnership with NPA necessitated their visit. He pledged to nurture the synergy to maturity giving the availability of professionals abound in both organisation.