Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority has disclosed that the authority going forward would employ international standards and best practices in dealing with or handling ships and cargoes at the various seaports in the country.
According to sources, he mentioned this in a statement on Tuesday, July 26 2021 in Lagos State. The statement was signed by Mr Olaseni Alakija who is the General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, NPA.
Bello-Koko said this while he was addressing members of the Senate Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation that was led by Senator Theodore Orji, on an oversight visit to the NPA.
Bello-Koko revealed that the authority had already developed a favourable environment for a well structured inter-modal system that would ensure seamless connectivity of the waterways, rail and road transportation.
He noted that this would help promote improved delivery which will, in turn, boost the country’s revenue.
He stated that the diverse reforms that were introduced by the Federal Government have had a beneficial effect on productivity at the ports.
He further said the dividends were visible in the areas of reduced cargo dwelling time, improvement in cargo throughput, ship turn-around time and the significant decrease in security incidents within and around the ports.
“There is need for better synergy with Nigeria Customs Service and other agencies of government involved in the examination and clearance of cargo, to drive efficiency in Port operations,”
While he was expressing the gratitude of the Authority to the lawmakers for their visit, Bello-Koko guaranteed that the NPA would work assiduously to ensure the sustenance of service excellence across the nation’s ports.
He solicited the intervention of the Committee on efforts to put an end to the perennial traffic gridlock bedevilling vehicular activities along the port access roads.
Earlier, Senator Theodore Orji, the Chairman of the Committee noted that the Committee would collaborate with the management of the NPA with the view of rectifying all bottlenecks at the ports.