Kunle Kalejaye 23 February 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has revealed it is ready to infuse Japanese technology in critical areas of Infrastructural development in form of Public Private Partnership at the ports.
NPA Managing Director, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, gave the hint during the visit of Japanese government delegation to the NPA headquarters.
NPA’s General Manager, Capital Projects, Engr. Rufai Mohammed, who represented the managing director, assured the Japanese that the NPA “will expeditiously list out technical and infrastructural needs of the organisation,” where the Japanese government could come in to assist.
Mohammed added that NPA was currently involved in massive infrastructural renewal projects, including quay length rehabilitation in Onne, Warri and Lagos ports.
He said the organisation’s 25-year development plan would soon be ready and that it would be a compendium of these development projects.
Mohammed recalled that NPA had benefited from training programmes by the Japanese government in the past.
He said he expected the visit of the government delegation to further unite and improve the collaboration between the two countries, especially now that NPA was embarking on capital intensive port reforms with the desire to be the leading port in Africa.
Speaking on behalf of the Japanese government, the section manager of Urban and Transportation Planning Group of the Yachiyo Engineering Company Limited, Mr. Yasuhiro Yamauchi, said the Japanese government was 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.