29 November 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, says it has “started aggressive efforts” aimed at attaining the International Standard Organisation, ISO, 9001 complaints and certification in the nation’s seaports.
A statement by the company quoted its Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, as expressing strong optimism that the attainment of the ISO 9001 certification will improve the financial performance of the authority, ensure quick turnaround time, improved traffic and business process in the ports.
She disclosed that already the management has directed all the relevant divisions and departments in the identified critical requirements needed to ensure the successful attainment of the project.
The statement by Isah Suwaid, Asst. Gen. Manager (C&SC), quoted Usman as making these known in Lagos during the recent Lagos International Trade Fair, adding that the managing director’s speech at the event was read by Alhaji Abubakar Umar, the Port Manager, Rivers Ports.
Usman also disclosed that in order to promote the activities of terminal operators as concessionaires in all the nation’s seaports, the management of NPA has directed that all operators should, henceforth, be encourage to fully participate in trade fairs and exhibitions.
According to Usman, the presence of the terminal operators in trade fair arena would enable them to showcase their activities to the numerous visitors to the fair and educate them on their services.
There are currently 26 terminal operators operating in the six seaports in the country. The terminal operators are responsible for the loading and off-loading of cargo in the ports.