Saturday, 10 February 2018

MD OF NPA EXPLAINS HOW SOLID MINERALS EXPORT WILL DECONGEST SEAPORT

Hadiza Bala Usman, MD, NPA
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, a few days ago, inaugurated the first export of manganese, a solid mineral, from the Ikorodu lighter terminal, Lagos.

She said during the occasion that the management of the NPA was keen on provisional intermodal transport as part of efforts to further decongest the Apapa Port axis.

She said, “The NPA is ready to partner any agency or company which will give a pride of place to intermodal transport as the continuous reliance on our road is no longer feasible and should be discouraged.”

Usman added that the event was of huge economic advantage to the country and that using barges to ferry containers of solid mineral across the water to the APM Terminal within Apapa ports would help to elongate the lifespan of the nation’s roads.

She stated that the occasion was an eye opener and served to generate more revenue for the nation as well as provide employment opportunities.

Calling on stakeholders to key into the window of Public-Private Partnership, she stated that the occasion would further help the NPA management’s efforts at complying with the Federal Government’s directives on the ease of doing business at the seaports whilst the rehabilitation of the ports access roads was ongoing at Apapa.

The MD NPA said that the NPA management would ensure the deployment of Standard Operational Procedures to comply with international best practices.

The Chief Executive Officer, Connect Rail Services Limited, Edeme Kelikume, representing the service providers, appreciated the NPA’s role in the provision of the enabling environment for the start of the project. (Punch)

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