January 27, 2023



Port terminal operators know destiny as FG receives concession settlement report

Ports terminal concessionaires within the maritime business will probably know the choice of the Federal authorities immediately, Tuesday as the brand new port operations settlement they entered into with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) shall be submitted to the Minister of Transportation Engr Mu’azu Sambo in Abuja immediately.

The  administration of NPA had disclosed {that a} reviewed concession settlement with 5 terminal operators which have expired has been concluded and prepared for submission to the Federal Ministry of Transportation for ultimate approval on Tuesday (immediately).

Managing Director, NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko advised the visiting Minister of Transportation, Engr Mu’azu Sambo who was on a familiarisation tour of the company in Lagos.

Bello-Koko mentioned that talks amongst some terminal operators had been inconclusive, whereas some terminal operators are but to offer mandatory suggestions to the authority.

Talking of conditions of cargo examination on the ports, Bello-Koko lamented the 100% bodily examination of cargoes on the nation’s seaports, saying it’s affecting environment friendly cargo inspection as handbook cargo examination is cumbersome and inefficient.

He said that the terminal operators have expressed want to buy, preserve scanners on the Nigerian seaports whereas Customs will function it.

This, in keeping with him, will make Nigerian seaports extra aggressive and most well-liked locations for cargoes in West and Central Africa.

“Guide examination of cargo in our ports as a result of absence of scanners is inefficient,not sustainable, cumbersome and might’t make our port aggressive. Terminal operators have, nonetheless, expressed readiness to buy and preserve the scanners however the gear shall be maintained by the service. It will make our port extra environment friendly, aggressive and environment friendly within the sub-region,’ he mentioned.

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The NPA MD in his presentation to the minister, mentioned the nation’s seaports have to discover various sources of energy technology to the seaport due to the rising value of energy technology to the seaport.

In addition to, he referred to as for the reconstruction of the collapsed quay apron on the Tin-Can Island port and collapsed jetty at Continental Shipyard.