Ports Authority assures terminal operators continuous cooperation

By David Adekunle, Lagos

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority-NPA, Habib Abdullahi has assured the Bureau of Public Enterprise-BPE and terminal operators that the Ports Authority will continue to support their efforts at enhancing the growth of Nigeria’s economy.

Abdullahi gave this assurance at a meeting when the House of Representative Committee on privatization and commercialization visited the headquarters of the NPA as part of its oversight functions.

The meeting which had officials of BPE, Ports and Cargo terminals and the JPS terminal formerly known as JesepDam was held at the conference room of the NPA.

Follow up
The meeting which was at the instance of the House of Representative Committee on Privatization was a follow up to an appeal from ports and cargo terminal to the Nigerian ports authority on some challenges they are facing as concessionaires.

The spokesman of ports and cargo terminal and General Manager, Legal Services, Tunji Olusinde said “these challenges will be handled if they can secure a reduction on the lease agreement fees and the renewal of their concession tenure.”

The Managing Director, NPA in his comment noted that the concession was a deliberate effort by government to improve the way business is being done.

Abdullahi recalled that the concession process which has been adjudged to be free and fair was bided for competitively by various interests and that it was important that along the tenure of the concession, concessionaires should adhere to the terms of agreement in order to sustain the credibility of the process.