The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala-Usman has flagged off the first export consignment of manganese, a solid mineral resource from the Ikorodu lighter terminal.
Speaking at the event, Bala-Usman said the NPA under her management is keen in driving intermodal transport as part of efforts to further decongest the traffic gridlock on Apapa port axis.
She disclosed that the NPA is ready to partner any agency or private investor who will give priority to intermodal transport, â€œ as the continuous reliance on our road is no longer feasible and should be discouraged.â€
The NPA MD added that the flag off event is of huge economic advantage to the country, adding that using barges to ferry containers of solid mineral across the waters to the APM Terminal within Apapa Ports will help to elongate the life of â€œour roads as this mode of export will be most encouraged. â€œ
Furthermore the NPA boss stated that the occasion is an eye opener and also serves to generate more revenue for the nation and provide employment opportunities.
Calling on stakeholders to key into the window of Public Private Partnership (PPP), she stated that the occasion further deepens NPA managementâ€™s efforts at complying with the federal governmentâ€™s directives on the Ease of Doing Business at the nationâ€™s sea ports whilst the rehabilitation of the ports access roads are ongoing at Apapa.
In partnering with and encouraging private initiatives, she added that the authority would ensure the deployment of standard operational procedures (SOPs) with the view to complying with international best practices.
The Chief Executive Officer of Connect Rail Services Limited (CRSL), Edeme Kelikume representing the service provider, appreciated the NPAâ€™s role in the provision of the enabling environment for the take-off of the project.