NPA to encourage evacuation of cargoes by barges


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to encourage the movement and evacuation of cargoes from the nation’s seaports to the hinterland across the country through the use of barges.

This according to the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, was in order to reduce the pressure on the port access roads and to serve as a solution to the perennial gridlock being experienced within the ports axis.

The Managing Director was speaking through the Executive Director Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies at the first Quarter Forum of the Ports Consultative Council (PCC) held at Victoria Island, Lagos recently.

Usman informed stakeholders at the gathering that the NPA Management pay premium to the developments of port infrastructure in order to engender efficient service delivery at the nation’s seaports.

She assured the stakeholders that the authority was working assiduously towards ensuring the speedy completion of renovation works on the Quay Apron at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal adding that the renovation of the Quay would improve the operational efficiency of the ports.

While assuring that Management would continue to keep a harmonious relationship with its stakeholders, the Managing Director enjoined the stakeholders for their support and compliance with government directives.

The Chairman PCC, Otunba Kunle Folarin at the occasion urged operators and stakeholders to engage the NPA on a mutually beneficial synergy which would help in moving the industry forward.

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