Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) has listed the priority projects which it is committed to complete to include the Lekki and Ibom deep seaports, port development, growth of human capacity and the automation of port trade processes in Nigeria.
Managing Director, NPA, Mallam Habib Abdulahi represented by NPA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Captain Iheanacho Ebubeogu made this known at a media parley in Lagos that the projects had become imperative with the change in transport demand and technological advancement.
Abdulahi said other transformation embarked upon by NPA include the development of intermodal transportation.
Commenting on the development of Lekki Port and Ibom Port, he said they will respond to the change in the transport demand in terms of having the capacity to accommodate Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs).
He stated that while the construction of Lekki Port had begun, the preliminary stage at Ibom Port had been concluded with the Federal Government’s approving the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the project.
He said apart from the 1.6 kilometres road recently rehabilitated at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Apapa, NPA had also facilitated the rehabilitation of rail line within the port to Port Harcourt Port to decongest the roads and ensure speedy delivery of cargo.
“We are working seriously, very hard to see how Lekki deep seaport will come on stream.
“We have done a lot in tying up the rail tracks within the port of Lagos and Port Harcourt. For the other port like Tin Can, there is a consultancy to look at the possibility of linking it with rail and as soon as the report comes out, we will know if it is visible and also viable,” he said.
He said NPA had also made a lot of improvement in the automation of its operational processes including the recently introduced Revenue Invoicing Management System (RIMs) which he said, had helped in facilitating trade and enhancing its revenue generation as well as blocking of revenue leakages in the system.