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NPA deepening ports master plan for greater efficiency, service delivery—Usman

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has promised to work assiduously towards ensuring that the Nation’s Ports Master Plan is put into effective use and to serve as a reference point in all matters that concern greater operational efficiency in the industry.

She added that the NPA would prioritize the utilization of Railway Networks in the efficient distribution of cargo across the nation Seaports in line with best practices.

Explaining critical issues during the visit of the Oxford Business Group (OBG) UK, paid her a courtesy call, Usman stressed that the Maritime world is embracing intermodal dictates and “the NPA would ensure we key into that most efficiently”.

On matters relating to trans-shipment, she revealed that the NPA’s synergy with the private sector is geared towards the actualization of Deep Seaports across the nation.

She added that Deep Seaport would help position the country for greater economic relationship. Usman added that the competitive tariff regime being put in place would “place us on a better platform in the sub-region”.

Answering questions on the ports access roads gridlock hampering efficient service delivery at the Ports, she said there is already a robust approach amongst stakeholders stressing that results concerning this subject would take no time in reflecting positively on the time hitherto spent on the affected access roads.

A statement issued Wednesday and signed by Ibrahim Nasiru, Principal Manager, for the general Manager, Public Affairs said the NPA boss maintained that NPA would prioritize the rehabilitation of infrastructure at the Ports so as to bring to bear optimal operational activities which she said would be key in more revenue generation for the country at this time of need for the economy.

Members of the Oxford Business Group in attendance include the Regional Manager – Africa Elise Postigo, Country Director Nigeria, Diana Rus and Editorial Manager, Davide Rasconi.

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