The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, has given an assurance of the agency’s determination to ensure effective service delivery in all Nigerian ports.
Bala-Usman reaffirmed the commitment in a statement signed by Mr Adams Jatto, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, NPA in Lagos on Friday.
The statement quoted Bala-Usman as giving the assurance while receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ports, who paid working visit to the NPA.
She was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko, at the event.
According to the managing director, NPA has the intention of making the nation’s maritime sector more competitive and a hub in the sub-region.
She said that the authority was working to reduce the dwell time of cargo at the ports and embrace multimodal transportation through the use of locomotive trains and barges.
Bala-Usman said that the multimodal transportation would also help in the evacuation of cargoes in and out of the ports to the hinterlands.
“Over 95 per cent of the cargoes coming into the ports are taken through trucks, and that is not efficient.
“There must be multimodal means of transportation to include trains and barges in order to reduce congestion and we are working toward this,” she said.
Also, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Garba Datti Muhammad, told stakeholders that the visit to the ports was to avail the committee with the workings there.
Muhammad said that the committee would also find out ways that the House could enhance port operations.
He thanked the NPA management for the cooperation that the committee had received from the organisation, saying that it had brought members up to speed in terms of the operations of the agency.
“It is necessary for members to see things for themselves and also meet with the operators so that we can better appreciate activities and operations of not only the NPA, but also terminal operators and other service providers,” Muhammad said.
The chairman said that the visit was to appraise the 2019 budget performance in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) during the 2020 budget presentation.
He commended NPA management for the positive developments in the sector since Bala-Usman’s assumption of office.
Muhammad assured NPA management of the committee’s willingness to partner with the authority toward improving the maritime sector, given its importance to the national economy.
Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Oluwole Sogunle
20 ships laden with petroleum products, food items awaiting to berth — NPA
According to it, the ships are carrying containers, bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish and petrol.
NPA said that 17 ships were expected at the ports with frozen fish, base oil, general cargo, bulk salt, container, bulk wheat and soya bean.
It added that the ships were expected between June 5 and June 25.
Also, the organisation said that 17 other ships were at the ports discharging general cargo, containers, bulk wheat, bulk fertiliser, petrol, butane and frozen fish.
13 vessels expected at Delta ports- NPA
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says 13 ships laden with various products are expected at Delta ports.
The authority said the ships were laden with petrol, bitumen, wheat, diesel and general cargo.
It listed some of the vessels to include: Matrix Asa, Ihem, MT San Biagio, MT Halima, MV Asian Enterprise and MT Tornado, among others.
It said that four vessels were awaiting at anchorage in Koko Midstream, Bennett and Koko anchorage.
NPA expects 17 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos Ports
According to the NPA, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Ports.
The publication said that the ships contained containers, base oil, bulk wheat, general cargo, butane gas, frozen fish, bulk salt and petrol.
NPA reports that 19 ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with containers, frozen fish, bulk wheat, general cargo and petrol.
The company said that 21 other ships were at the ports discharging containers, bulk wheat, general cargo, petrol and frozen fish.
9 ships expected at Delta ports – NPA
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says nine vessels are being expected at the Delta ports.
The NPA made this known in its daily publication, ‘Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Warri, Delta.
It said that the ships, which included Matrix Asa, MT Halima, MT Tornado and Matrix Pride, were laden with petrol, diesel, bitumen and general cargo.
“MV Baltic Mantis and MV Savanna Wind laden with wheat and frozen fish, respectively, are awaiting anchorage at the Bennett to discharge inward.
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10 vessels expected at Delta ports, says NPA
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says 10 ships laden with fuel, bitumen and general cargo are being expected at the Delta ports.
The NPA made this known in its daily publication: ‘Shipping Position’, on Wednesday in Warri.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the expected vessels include: Matrix S Ilu, MT Tornado, MT Halima, MT Viveka.
The publication stated that NPA had made declarations on two vessels.
“The two vessels are Matrix Pride and Matrix Asa, both laden with 15,000 metric tons of PMS each,” NPA said.
It added that four ships, laden with PMS (petrol), container and AGO (diesel) were being awaited at the anchorage.
“MT Walga and MT Ashabi, laden with PMS and AGO respectively, are being awaited at the Koko anchorage to discharge products.
“Similarly, MT Ayodeji, laden with AGO, is waiting at the Escravos to discharge, while RS Pioneer, conveying containers is waiting at the Koko Midstream for loading,” it stated.
The organisation added that six ships, laden with frozen fish, wheat, PMS, AGO and crude oil, were waiting at the Fairway Buoy.
10 vessels expected at Delta ports– NPA
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says 10 ships laden with fuel, bitumen and general cargoes are being expected at the Delta ports.
The organisation said some of the expected vessels include: Matrix S Ilu, MT Tornado, MT Halima, and MT Viveka.
The NPA also stated that it made declarations on two vessels on Wednesday.
“MT Walga and MT Ashabi laden with PMS and AGO, respectively are waiting at the Koko anchorage to discharge products.
NPA donates office items to NIDCOM
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday in Abuja donated some office items to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to assist the agency in meeting its mandate.
Mr Edward Kabir, General Manager, NPA Abuja Liason Office, presented 20 desktops, 10 laptops, two printers and accessories to NIDCOM on behalf of the Managing Director, Hadiza Usman.
He said that the gesture was in line with NPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility to improve the commission’s working capacity in meeting its mandate.
“NPA is donating these items this afternoon which comprises of 20 desktops, 10 laptops, two printers and accessories to the commission with the aim of improving its working capacity towards meeting the commission mandate.
“Therefore, we wish to donate these items under our social corporate social responsibility and to also convey the assurance of the MD’s commitment for national development,’’ he said.
Receiving the items, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, hairman of NIDCOM, applauded the NPA’s gesture as the items came at a time the commission was in dire need.
She extended her gratitude to NPA for the thoughtfulness of its corporate social responsibility.
“This is what governance is all about, a sister agency helping a new sister agency at a time when we are in dire need of working items.
The NIDCOM boss also appreciated Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, for their support to the commission at these trying times.
5 vessels laden with fuel, wheat await anchorage at Delta ports – NPA
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says five vessels laden with fuel and Wheat are awaiting anchorage at the Delta Ports.
NPA said that the ships were awaiting anchorage at the Escravos, Koko anchorage and the Bennett Island.
“Matrix Pride conveying AGO is to discharge and Remi vessel is awaiting maintenance,” it stated.
It also said that 17 vessels laden with bitumen, AGO, Containers, Tiles/Float glass among others were being expected at the Delta ports between May 23 and June 6.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
3 vessels await anchorage at Delta ports — NPA
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday says three ships laden with Wheat, Butane gas and others are awaiting anchorage at the Delta Ports.
“Two of the vessels are to discharge Wheat and Butane gas at Escravos and Koko anchorage respectively, while the other is at the Escravos for maintenance,” the publication stated.
The Authority said that six ships laden with fuel and others were waiting at the Fair bouy to discharge products.
The publication also stated that nine vessels laden with fuel, bitumen, steel billet and other products were being expected at the Delta ports between May 22 and May 30.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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