28 February 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, yesterday harped on the cooperation and integration of ports across the African continent so as to serve as a vehicle for the actualisation of the dreams of the African Union (AU) new Partnership for African’s Development (NEPAD).
Speaking at the ongoing Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) Technical Committee Meetings, TEC in Lagos, Managing Director of the NPA, Ms. Hadeza Bala Usman said that the group has also been a channel for the attainment of regional integration through consensus building on issues of maritime development.
According to Usman, PMAWCA serves as the platform for the exchange of information and expertise for synergy in the field of Port Operations, Administration, Legal Framework, Security and the Safety of Navigation within the Gulf of Guinea.
“Given the enormous potentials of the maritime sector on the continent and the significant role that Nigeria plays in the actualisation of these potentials, the current management of the Nigerian Ports Authority is committed to supporting PMWCA as well as in introducing innovations that would redirect the maritime industry in order to attain international best practices.
“We will continue our aggressive pursuit of excellence through the automation of operational processes, partnering with the private sector for channel maintenance and infrastructure development and collaborating with sister agencies and stakeholders to build a port community system.
“We are also committed to building a motivated human resource, through training and retraining, recruitment, redeployment, promotion and building a succession process.
“Through our robust internal automation initiatives, we have blocked revenue leakages and contributed significantly to government earnings by our strict adherence to Federal Government’s directives on TSA and Zero Based Budgeting.
“To ensure transparency and accountability the Organization became the first MDA to open its budget to the public with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with BUdgit Open Budget System Platform and Implementation of a Public Data Dissemination programme.
“I would particularly like to charge you with the duty of devising ways to pilot the sub-region to take full advantage of trading opportunities by encouraging private sector involvement in the provision of port facilities as well as the pursuit of innovations that will bring our ports to international standards.”