06 July 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — THE management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) yesterday welcomed the proposed probe of the agency’s joint venture activities with regards to dredging contracts.
In a statement, NPA’s Managing Director, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman said that its current administration had on assumption of duties, identified the challenge and taken immediate steps to address the “unacceptable situation”.
The Joint Venture Enterprises includes the Lagos Channel Management, the Bonny Channel Company and the Calabar Channel Management Company Limited.
She explained that as part of the processes, an advertisement for expressions of interest for “Consultancy Services for Dredging and Channel Design Optimisation Studies” was placed in newspapers in October 2016 (Public Notice No 3957).
NPA identified the process as ‘international competitive bidding’, adding that “at the moment, three companies have been pre-qualified for the assignment with a request for proposals (RFP) already issued towards the conclusion of the process for the award of contracts”.
According to the statement, the studies, when completed, “will provide accurate information on the depth and siltation levels of the channels and ultimately, guide the NPA on its next line of immediate and future actions on the channels.
“The studies will additionally provide:
A comprehensive review of the dredging practices currently adopted for the management of Bonny/Port Harcourt Channel, the Calabar Channel and Lagos Channel and to recommend ways in which these could be optimised with a view to enhancing dredging efficiency.
A comprehensive review of the existing channel layout and recommendations on how the layouts can be optimised for current and projected vessel traffic in each of the pilotage districts.
As part of the optimisation studies, it recognised that the consultant will undertake further in-depth studies on hydrodynamic modelling, sedimentation modelling, navigation simulation studies and navigational risk assessments amongst others”.
The agency boss also explained that NPA discovered that the cost of dredging of the channels has increased on a yearly basis in the past and that the study would provide guidance on specific measures to take to save cost.
The statement assured of the readiness of the NPA to collaborate with other agencies of government to ensure transparency in the execution of government business and work in the best interest of Nigeria always.
According to her, “the investigation ordered by the senate was in line with the determination of the NPA to open its book for probity at all times”.