'All Port Projects Must Be Completed'


The Federal Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, has assured that all ongoing projects at the nation’s ports will be completed. He stated this during his familiarisation visit to the parastatals under his ministry in Lagos.

Among the parastatals he visited were the Nigerian Ports Authoirty, NPA under the leadership of Engr. Omar Suleiman; Manaigng Director, Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency, NIMASA headed by Mr. Patrik Akpobolokemi; and the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, led by Captain Adamu Biu.

At the NPA, the minister was taken round the ports at Apapa, Tin-Can and PTML.

During the tour, the minister said he will complete all on-going projects in the ports, stressing that congestion in the sea ports will soon become a thing of the past.

He urged the concessionaires at the ports to abide by all the terms and conditions of the agreements they signed.

Umar reiterated that his ministry would ensure a successful realization of the president’s transformation agenda.

The visit took the minister to the high seas. While at the Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency, NIMASA, he was taken round all the facilities, including the resource centre at Kirikiri.

He praised the entire staff of NIMASA and encouraged them to do more for their fatherland.

The minister said he is fully committed to the full implementation of the Carbotage Act and advised the staff of NIMASA to adhere to due process.

He warned that the era of rancour and acrimony was over and urged them to stop pulling themselves down.

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He assured the DG of NIMASA of his readiness to get rid of abandoned ships on the Nigerian waterways to allow easy navigation and capacity building.

Earlier the DG of NIMASA, pledged his support and loyalty to the minister.

At the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, Senator Umar stated that, NSC as a regulatory body, shall be given every necessary support required for its effective and efficient operations.

He urged the Executive Secretary of NSC and the entire staff to obey the principle of due process and pledged to support programmes promote efficiency of the staff of the industry.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Engr. Omar Suleiman has assured the council members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, CILT, of his organisation’s support.

Engr. Omar gave the assurance when he received the delegation of the executive members of the institute in his office, led by its President, Professor Michael Filani, stressing that the Nigerian Ports Authority is ready to partner with the institute in the area of logistics.

He assured the delegation that his organisation will participate in both local and international conferences coming up soon and promised that outstanding membership dues will be fully paid.

In his own speech earlier, the president of the Institute, Prof. Filani said the institute came to identify with the administration of Engr. Omar and to thank the MD for the support the organisation had given to the institute over the years.

—Moses Falobi

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