LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdulahi, has asked the Federal Government and the private sector to provide adequate port infrastructure to facilitate export activities through the nation’s seaports.
In a presentation General Manager Capital Project, Engr. Rufai Mohammed, read on his behalf at the just-concluded International Seatrade and Investment Convention (ISIC), he said the provision of appropriate port infrastructure was necessary to enhance trade in the economy.
ISIC was held in Lagos.
Mohammed presented a paper on “Providing Enabling Port Infrastructure to Enhance Trade” at the ISIC, which was held under the theme “Exploring New Trade Frontiers.”
He explained that mindful of the Federal Government determination of delivering an efficient port system for the overall good of the nation’s economy, the Authority was consolidating and entrenching the gains of the port reform by facilitating and synergizing the activities of the Private
Terminal Operators, Shipping Lines, Freight Forwarders and other stakeholders, as well as improving the existing port infrastructure.
The Managing Director enumerated a number of completed and on-going capital projects embarked upon by the Authority explained that the projects were meant to add efficiency to the nation’s seaports as well as to make the system competitive, effective and user friendly.
“Sustained efforts at providing the enabling port infrastructure has impacted on the overall port operational efficiency,” he added.
Globally, seaports account for over 80 percent, by volume, of international trade and commerce.
– CAJ News