NPA Assures Stakeholders on Budgetary Performance

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Eromosele Abiodun

The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured stakeholders that it would ensure a most efficient budgetary implementation in all ramifications.

Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman said this while addressing members of the House of Representative Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways who visited the corporate headquarters of the NPA on oversight functions.

The MD, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the authority, Mohammed Bello Koko, said the NPA was committed to maintaining the anti corruption stance of the present administration.

He enlisted the support of all and sundry towards the rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructure and the procurement of plants and equipment across the nation Seaports.

On capacity building the MD said that NPA would pay premium to training its staff in line with best practices particularly concerning certification required for them to operate seamlessly and efficiently.

In his address, the Committee Chairman Honourable Dr. Patrick Asadu enjoined NPA to keep the good work they are doing in the course of modernising the Ports Industry. He charged them to prioritise critical areas of concern in its budget implementation while others sections would be attended to accordingly.

Furthermore, he stated that government would not compromise on improved operational efficiency. He then urged the NPA management to work towards greater revenue generation as the economic situation facing the country requires creative administrative management expertise in order for the living standard of Nigerians to appreciate once again.

“We are generally impressed by the performance of the NPA and if there are other areas we want them to improve when they come for budget defence, these areas would be highlighted to them,” he said.

The NPA, according to Asadu, is a very important organisation and quite strategic to the realisation of stronger economic growth in Nigeria. He therefore, urged the organisation to improve its savings especially in the face of the current realities in the country.

The committee chairman was accompanied by other members of the Committee. They later visited the office of the Lagos Channel Management Company, (LCM) and other areas of interests.