NPA boss wants state of emer­gency de­clared at ports

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chris Agabi

The Manag­ing Direc­tor/CEO of the Nige­rian Ports Author­ity (NPA), Hadiza Bala Us­man, has called on the Fed­eral Govern­ment to de­clare a state of emer­gency in the Nige­rian ports to ac­cel­er­ate ports in­fra­struc­ture and in­ter­modal trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment.

She made the call at the sus­tain­abil­ity break­out ses­sion on ‘Un­lock­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties Through In­fra­struc­ture and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment’ at the on­go­ing 23rd Nige­rian Eco­nomic Sum­mit or­gan­ised by the Nige­rian Eco­nomic Sum­mit Group and the Min­istry of Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning.

She also said the Cal­abar ports would be re­vamped to un­lock agri­cul­tural ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties in the North Cen­tral and North East.

“There is need to de­clare state of emer­gency on in­ter­modal trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture to the ports. Declar­ing a state of emer­gency will en­sure that ev­ery other per­mit and funds needed for the in­ter­modal trans­port sys­tem to work will be given nec­es­sary at­ten­tion, and with dis­patch by all MDAs,” she said.

The MD/CEO said it was un­ac­cept­able that about 80 per­cent of the cargo that came into and left our ports were car­ried by road, adding that other means of trans­port must be ac­ti­vated to link the ports.

“We need to in­sti­tute cargo evac­u­a­tion sys­tem into and out of our ports. Right now, about 80 per­cent of the car­gos that come into and leave our ports are car­ried by road. Since we don’t have cred­i­ble cargo evac­u­a­tion sys­tem in our ports, there will def­i­nitely be bad roads and con­ges­tions around our ports,” she noted.

“The in­ces­sant uti­liza­tion of the western ports - Tin­can Is­land and the Apapa ports - has re­sulted to con­ges­tion at the ports. There is need for agen­cies of govern­ment like the Nige­rian Ports Author­ity, the Min­istry of Works, Power and Hous­ing, to make other ports com­pet­i­tive,” Us­man stated. AZ­MAN AIR

Min­is­ter of State for Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning, Zainab S. Ahmed (left) re­ceives a copy of the re­port of the Nige­rian Eco­nomic Sum­mit Group 2017 from the Chair­man of NESG, Bukar Kyari, for on­ward de­liv­ery to Pres­i­dent Muhamadu Buhari in Abuja yes­ter­day

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