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The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has reaffirmed the commitment of the present Management of the Organisation to improve on the existing synergy with the Nigerian Navy and other relevant stakeholders.
She said securing the Nations’ waterways would impact positively on revenue generation for the Nation through effective monitoring of vessels vis-à-vis improved operational efficiency.
Addressing the Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Ferguson Dukas Bobai when she lead a delegation of NPA to a courtesy visit, Usman said NPA would ensure that the enhanced relationship with the Navy is sustained through information sharing.
On the issue of berthing space for the Navy ships anchored at their jetties and the on-going repairs therein, NPA boss told the Naval team that the Management of the NPA would work towards granting the Navy a temporary berthing space pending the rehabilitation of its facilities.
She charged the Naval Authorities to immediately reconvene the committee set up to facilitate the Dredging at the Takwa Bay turning base and proceed with the implementation of the earlier recommendations and positions as agreed.
A statement issued by NPA’s General Manager (Public Affairs), Chief Michael Ajayi quoted the NPA boss as saying the Management would make available financial support to the project via budgetary provision and allocation in the next fiscal year.
The Managing Director called for maximum use of the Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence [CCCI] of both Organisations through the swift deployment of its personnel aimed at collaborating on information sharing towards operational security efficiency.
Earlier, the Commandant told NPA of the need for a sustained synergy between the Navy and the NPA most especially in view of the sensitive role both Organisations play in the life of the nation alongside other government agencies concerning security.
The Naval Chief solicited for a space at the Takwa Bay for the swift response to security challenges from Naval personnel whilst on patrol of the Nigerian Waterways.
He affirmed that the position of the Nigerian Ports Authority in the life of the nation’s economy is essential and strategic through the swift and safe facilitation of import and export business on our Waterways.
He further observed that the Turning base on the Nigerian waterways was narrow and sharp for RoRo Vessels coming into the country and urged the NPA management to see to the quick dredging of the environment in view of the danger it portends.
He disclosed that the Navy was willing to improve on the partnership between relevant agencies such as the NPA and NIMASA in the area of information sharing and collaboration. This he said would be through the Monitoring of ships on the nation’s Waterways before being allowed to anchor on the Nigerian Waters, “This would enhance maximum safety and security of lives as well as cargo on Nigerian waters’’.
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