The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has emphasized the importance of adherence to occupational safety with regards to efficient port services in line with international best practices.
The Chairman, Board of Directors of the NPA, Mr Emmanuel Adesoye made the highlight during his familiarisation tour of port facilities with other members of the board and management of the NPA to the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal.
Adesoye disclosed that Management was desirous of ensuring that the mission of the organisation, with respect to efficient port service delivery, in a safe secure and customer-friendly environment remained upheld.
He said that occupational safety should always be an active principle applicable always in operations at the Ports in other to safeguard life and property within the port community and beyond.
He expressed optimism that Management would ensure that Ikorodu Lighter Terminal is put into more effective utilisation in view of the vast investment opportunities therein.
The NPA board chairman described the Terminal as a ‘Gold mine’ which must be put into good use.
He said the NPA Management plans to encourage export through the terminal, especially agricultural produce.
Adesoye said the effort would also be geared towards making the location a notable maritime hub in the sub-region, and enhance industrialisation to yield more dividends.
He also charged all stakeholders in the maritime sub-sector to form a common goal towards making the port industry choice destination.
Adesoye added that the desired goal would be achieved through harmonisation of strategies in line with government plans.