The Nigeian Ports Authority (NPA) has successfully concessioned 26 of its operating units to enhance efficiency and revenue generation. This was disclosed on Thursday, 2nd June, by the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) program.
MD Usman said one of the major challenges the Nigeria Ports Authorty is facing with the implementation of the 24-hour port operation as mandated by an Executive Order has to do with government agencies. She decried the attitude of government agencies operatives at the nation’s seaports as major drawback to the implementation of the Executive Order signed recently by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Ms. Usman said that the situation whereby some vital government agencies responsible for inspection and other port operations do not work on weekends and only work from 10 am to 3 pm on working days of the week renders the Executive Order for 24 hours ports operation ineffective. Hence no matter what the terminal operators and indeed the Nigerian Ports Authority do in providing berthing services and ensuring that the cargo are removed from the vessels, if these agencies of government are not on the ground to implement and do the inspections required,there would not be 24-hour service at the ports.
Ms. Usman affirmed the great success recorded from port concession despite some challenges which are currently being addressed. She said that a review of the concession agreement is to be carried out this year. The concession was implemented in 2006.