The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Usman, on Friday said port tariffs would be reviewed and harmonised to give Nigerian ports competitive advantage over other ports within the West African sub-region.
Usman who spoke at a stakeholders’ forum after a two -day tour of port facilities and terminals in Apapa and Tin-can Island ports said her administration is focused on improving the standard of operation at the ports in order to increase cargo traffic in and out of the country.
She said the effort by the management was premised on the need to entrench efficiency, transparency and accountability in ports operations.
At the meeting, issues bordering on the financial obligations of terminal operators, reduction of human traffic in the ports, review of the concession agreement, and automation of all port operation processes by stakeholders were raised and discussed.
Stakeholders also requested the port management to prioritise the rehabilitation of port access roads, the expansion of the Calabar port draft channel, and to tackle the lingering challenge of power supply in the port.
Responding, the NPA boss said that having visited the ports for an on- the- spot assessment, the next step would be a holistic review of the issues on ground.
She also assured stakeholders of a boost in trade that would arise from an on-going collaborative effort between the Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Usman said the effort will lead to an increase of export of agricultural produce.