Ports authority to comply with concession regulations

David Adekunle, Lagos

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Habib Abdullahi

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Habib Abdullahi has directed that the monitoring and compliance division should begin to submit a copy of its quarterly reports to the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, ICRC.

The NPA boss gave the directive when a delegation of the ICRC led by its Director General, Aminu Dikko, visited him at his office in Lagos.

He said the report would give it the opportunity to get firsthand information on the challenges of the concession program and listen to observations from concessionaires.

Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission Director General, Aminu Dikko

Abdullahi also announced that a public private partnership department would be established to take care of investors’ interest in the nation’s seaports.

He said some concession agreements which had expired, had been extended because of the high level of investment by concessionaires and promised to facilitate the flow of information between them.

The ICRC boss congratulated Habib Abdullahi on his re-appointment and urged the NPA boss to visit the ICRC’s deep seaport projects in Lekki as well as the Kirikiri lighter terminals 1 and 2, with a view to ascertaining the level of infrastructure development.

ICRC was established in 2005 to address physical infrastructure deficits and certify projects by ministries, departments and agencies as well as monitor project compliance by concessionaires.