The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State Government have agreed to join efforts with a view to quickly complete the ongoing Lekki deep seaport project.
The Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed this while on a working visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos at State House, Alausa, a statement on Thursday by the Public Affairs Department, NPA, said.
Speaking on the issue of wharf landing fees, the managing director told the gathering that it was important that stakeholders looked at it from diverse perspectives including legal and operational views in the interest of the nation’s economy.
She said working with the State Government was important to resolving the present traffic congestion in the Apapa port environment, considering the revenue loss caused by the condition of the road.
In his response, Gov. Ambode urged the NPA Management to take huge advantage of the investments opportunities available in the state through the development of more Ports for effective cargo transfer to the hinterland.
He expressed the state’s willingness to partner the NPA for the fact that 25 per cent of the State is surrounded by water, which should be optimally utilised in growing the nation’s economy.
In another development, the managing director also paid an official courtesy call to Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos, where she promised employment consideration for host communities.
The NPA Boss said that such employment considerations would be in line with the principles of level playing field for all Nigerians who are qualified for vacant positions within the organisation when the Management advertise the positions available.
She said visiting the Oba was necessitated by the need to foster good community relations, and with a view to help improve living standards of the people.
On his part, Oba Akiolu urged the Management of the NPA to remain determined and focused on their drive for efficient operation.
The Oba also urged the NPA workforce to co-operate with the Management in building a virile port industry that could be competitive in the sub region.