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NPA hosts ICRC boss, assures on better channel management of deep sea ports

Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza BalaUsman has reiterated the determination of the Authority to support the completion of all deep sea Ports projects across the country.

She linked the assurance to their positive potentials in growing the nation’s blue economy.

Speaking in Lagos during a courtesy visit by the officials of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), led by its Acting Director General, Engineer Chidi Izuwah, NPA boss argued that the early completion of the project would not only facilitate operational efficiency in the nation’s Maritime system but would also further strengthen the Federal Government’s policy of the Ease of Doing Business.

She restated the need to fast track the nation’s navigational Channels, so as to accommodate bigger vessels which would generate more revenue to the country and improve trade facilitation in the sub region.

While stressing that plans are almost being concluded for the business model meant for the Lilypond Terminal to be made public, as part of management’s resolve for improved service delivery in the terminals, she charged all concerned with the working document for the review of the terminal’s agreement to speed up the processes that would allow for the swift consideration and possible approval for a 5 years renewal being sought by Lilypond.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the visiting ICRC Director General applauded the numerous positive changes the Maritime sub sector has witnessed since the assumption of office of the Managing Director.

He commended progress made in the area of improved synergy with relevant Stakeholders, providing a level playing ground for all, efficient service delivery for Port users, improved Port operations amongst others.

Izuwah lauded the reforms in the Port Industry which dates back to 2006 and  stated that the ICRC Management  was willing to support that the drive towards ensuring the growth witnessed this far is guarded to the latter in view of the economic benefits to the nation at large.

ICRC boss told NPA management that his team was in Lagos to have a first -hand assessment of works at Lilypond Terminal and Josep Dam amongst other MDA projects by the Federal Government.

According to him ICRC was keen at identifying the various encumbrances being faced by MDA’s towards speedy job completions as well as provide suggestions through effective synergy with schemes facing challenges.