The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Alhaji Habib Abdullahi, said the non-passage of the proposed Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority Bill has constrained the ability of the authority to ensure technical and economic regulation of the port industry in line with global standard.
Alhaji Habib who spoke over the weekend at the centenary celebration of Rivers Port in Port Harcourt, blamed the slow progress in the implementation of the institutional component of the port reforms programme to the delay in the passage of the bill.
He said, the “major challenge affecting the port concession is the slow progress in the implementation of the institutional reform component of the Port Reforms programme. The non-passage of the proposed Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority Bill has to a large extent constrained the ability of the authority to ensure technical and economic regulation of the port industry in line with global standard.”
He pointed out that despite the challenges posed by the non-passage of the bill by the National Assembly, the authority has recorded tremendous achievements such as building synergy with terminal operators to ensure improved service delivery as well as the development of a 25-year port master plan to upgrade the standard of all the ports in Nigeria.
According to him “the Authority is also involved in the development of deep seaports in Lekki and Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State and Badagary. The agreement for Lekki Port project has been executed and awaiting final approval by the Federal Executive Council while the Business case/feasibility studies for Ibaka Deep Seaport is on-going”.
“The Authority is also building in-house capacity through relevant training schemes for Officers and Staff both locally and abroad on short and long term professional program that would broaden their outlook, improve their knowledge and expose them to international standards in maritime world”.
He stated that the Authority will ensured full cooperation with the Bureau of public Enterprises to ensure speedy passage of pending Bills affecting the Port industry.
Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.