NPA welcomes Japanese partnership on infrastructural development

David Adekunle, Lagos

Mr Habibu Abdullahi, Managing Director, NPA

The Managing Director of the Nigerian ports authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi says the organisation will welcome the infusion of Japanese advanced technology in critical areas of infrastructural development in form of public private partnership PPP.

Speaking on the issue in Lagos, NPA representative of the managing director and the General Manager Capital Projects, Engr Rufai Mohammed assured the visiting Japanese delegation that the management of NPA will expeditiously list out technical and infrastructural needs of the organisation since the Japanese government has promised to help.

Engr. Mohammed said that NPA is currently involved in massive infrastructural renewal projects from her headquarters, quay length rehabilitation in onne, Warri and Lagos ports.

He disclosed that the organisation’s 25 years developmental plan would soon be ready and that would be a compendium of these development projects.

Going down Memory lane, Engr Mohammed said that NPA had benefited from training programmes by the Japanese government in the past and that it is a welcome development that such assistance is being put forward again.

Bilateral Cooperation

The representative of the Managing Director also said being a bilateral issue, he expects the visit to further unite and improve the collaboration between the two countries especially now that NPA is embarking on capital intensive port reforms with the desire to be the leading port in Africa.

Earlier in his speech, on behalf of the Japanese government, the Section Manager of Urban and Transportation Planning Group of Yachiyo Yamauchi company Limited, Mr. Yamauchi maintained that the Japanese government is ready to partner with NPA in particular and Nigeria in general especially in the area of technical abilities that would be useful for different projects in the country.

The Japanese representative asserted that his country is ready to help the African continent but will start with Nigeria because of her population and economy.

Mr. Yamauchi was accompanied by Esmael Mohammed, Engr Jegede and Mrs Olumese Beatrice and were received by NPA’s General manager special duties Mrs Carol Ufere, personal assistant to Managing Director, Yitnoe stanley and Mr. B. E Jonah of the commercial department.