The Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye, has pledged to elevate the nation’s sea ports to a hub status through zero tolerance for corruption and associated vices.
The board, according to him, will also ensure that the ports are run in line with best practices by addressing the perennial gridlock in Apapa, caused by poor access roads. He added that the truck holding bay would be made functional for the ports to become the leader in Africa.
Speaking with The Nation, Adesoye said the board would focuse on how to make the ports the best in the maritime world.
NPA, he said, would pursue the core values of efficiency, customer and stakeholders’ satisfaction, safety and security of port users.
The board, he pledged, would also promote accountability, transparency, equity and facilitate trade in line with international best practices.
He said the board would collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Transportation to explore strategies to ensure the speedy passage of “the Ports and Harbour Bill” into law by the National Assembly.
Adesoye said NPA would partner the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), terminal operators and others in the formulation and implementation of policies.
Apart from aspiring to elevate the NPA, Adesoye said the board would make the ports the hub of maritime business in West and Central African sub-regions to generate more revenue for the government.
The NPA, he said, would achieve optimum performance and improved port services capable of attracting higher vessel patronage, which would translate into more revenue for the nation.
He said:“The role of NPA in the industrialisation and growth of Nigeria’s economy, particularly at this period of economic recession, cannot be overemphasised when it is realised that the maritime sector is one of the most important revenue earners after oil.
“It, therefore, behoves on our board in the performance of its oversight functions to come up with concrete policies capable of rejuvenating the Authority with a view to confronting and overcoming its present challenges.
“Consequently, in transmitting the positive values of change in all ramifications, the board shall seek to ensure that the NPA is run in line with best practices comparable to the best ports in the maritime world.
“In actualising this conviction, we shall seek expert advice both within and outside the agency.
“The objective here is to ensure that within our tenure of service, the NPA is elevated to a higher pedestal that will make it the hub of maritime business in both the West and Central African sub-region.”
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