The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has offered to assist the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) especially in the area of capacity building. Leader of a delegation of the agency, which visited the authority, Mr. Micheal Harvey said the agency decided to visit NPA because it recognises it as the heart of Nigeria.
According to him, the agency needed to partner NPA, being the heart of Nigeria, considering that both countries are trading partners.
He however pledged the willingness of the agency to assist the authority in many ways, especially in terms of building capacity.
Meanwhile, managing director of NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi, who played host to the delegation, expressed the willingness to partner the agency on economic activities that will be mutually beneficial to Nigeria and the United States of America .
According to him, as a gateway to the nation’s economy, NPA plays an important role in the development of major sectors of the Nigerian economy and therefore will always seize any opportunity that will further enhance its capability.
“Though the main operation of cargo handling and delivery has been handed over to concessionaires after the port reforms, the authority still handles pilotage and towage services, dredging of the channels, laying of buoys, wrecks removal for safe navigation, provision of ports infrastructure and other common user facilities”, Abdullahi said.
He further told the delegation that the authority controls the ports in Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Onne.