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NPA Assures BPE, Terminal Operators Of Maximum Support

Posted: Mar 19, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and Terminal Operators at the nation’s seaports that the authority would continue to support their efforts aimed at enhancing the growth of Nigeria’s economy.
Mallam Habib Abdullahi, Managing Director, NPA, gave the assurance at a meeting when the House of Representatives Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation visited the headquarters of the authority  as part of its oversight functions.
The meeting, which had officials of the (BPE), Ports and Cargo Terminals and the JPS Terminal formerly known as  JosepDam, held at the conference room of the NPA, was at the instance of the House of Representatives Committee on Privatisation.
It was a follow up to an appeal from Ports and Cargo Terminal to the NPA on some challenges they were facing as concessionaires
Mr. Tunji Olusinde, spokesman of Ports and Cargo Terminal and General Manager, Legal Services, said that these challenges would 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 was being done.
Malam Abdullahi recalled that the concession process which had 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.
Earlier, Hon. Ahmed Yerima , Chairman of the committee, disclosed that the committee was out to assist government in formulating a wholesome strategy that would benefit Nigerian economy especially now in view of the dwindling government revenue from oil.
Yerima, said further that the world economy was heavily dependent on private sector participation and that all bureaucratic bottlenecks that would hinder the growth of the economy should be removed by all stakeholders.
He called on BPE and the NPA to collaborate and sit with all concessionaires in order to move the economy forward.
Mallam Yusuf Adamu, BPE Directo of Transport, told the committee that the BPE had received the appeal from Ports and Cargo and that it was being studied, assuring that a position paper would soon be submitted to the National Council on Privatisation and the Nigerian Ports Authority.
The delegation had visited the facilities of Port and Cargo owned by Sifax Group as well as Josepdam Ports Services, the previous day.