NPA invites Canadian firms to invest in the nation’s seaports


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that it will welcome more Canadian firms to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities presented by the successful reform of the Nigerian port system.

The Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi made this pledge Wednesday at the visit of the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to the Corporate Headquarters in Marina Lagos.

Mallam Habib Abdullahi recounted that even though at present the NPA had a contract relationship with a Canadian firm handling the proposed 25 years Port master plan and some Information Communication Technology (ICT) projects, he would want Canadian firms to show more interest in Green Field port development and Capacity Building in Marine related courses to meet International standards.

The Managing Director said that the NPA was committed to the 25 years port master plan and would want the Canadian firm handling the plan to urgently conclude it as it would chart a course for the future of the port industry.

Mallam Abdullahi took advantage of the visit to invite both local and foreign investors to the ports as the Nigerian economy was vibrant, attractive and robust.

On his part, the Deputy High Commissioner Mr.Lajos Arendas expressed delight at the visit having just taken over the responsibility and said that his mission was to further improve the already existing relationship with Nigeria.

According to him, Canada played host to many Nigerian students and that the visit had posed more challenges to him to seek for more ways to attract Canadian firms into the port industry as the commendable infrastructure development in the ports would attract investments.

The Deputy High Commissioner was accompanied on visit by Sylvia Koleva and Sarah Branco, both trade commissioners.

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