To achieve better navigable channels, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is at the verge of engaging an international consultancy firm for an optimisation study that will benchmark all its future dredging operations.
Similarly, the agency will push for the Federal Executive Council’s quick approval for the development of the framework for the national single window, which is pivotal to the success of the ease of doing business in the maritime industry.
Disclosing these in Abuja, the NPA Managing Director, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, assured that she would build on the synergy between the agency and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to realise the dream of making Nigeria the sub-region’s maritime hub.
She further disclosed a recent surge in the export of soya bean, yam and some other agricultural produce, as well as solid mineral resources, which will definitely improve government’s foreign reserve soon, according to a statement from the NPA Principal Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ibrahim Nasiru.
Also, Usman noted an improved operational efficiency since the terminal operators took over the ports, adding that with the recent reversion to 24-hour port operations, becoming the best sub-regional port would not be farfetched.
According to her, Apapa Port has all agencies in place to for 24-hour operations, and though the freight forwarders raised security concerns about receiving their consignments at night, the agency has notified the Port Police Command, which “is already working on the situation.”
Meanwhile, she assured that the Apapa Access Roads reconstruction would be in segments, and that alternative routes during the period of the job have been earmarked, noting, however, that moving cargoes from the ports cannot be effective without intermodal transport links.