Minister tasks NPA on single window project

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) must be committed to the success of single window project as part of measures to improve vessel traffic and revenue, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has said.
 Speaking yesterday in Lagos at a ceremony to mark the 2016 world maritime day, the Minister said this year’s event is for reflection on the role of private sector in the continuous efforts to turn around the maritime industry.
 He urged members of Marine Transport Committee of the National Assembly to expedite action concerning transport sector reform bill, in order to give the industry effective performance across the board.
The minister who advocated for a re-examination of the free movement of cargo within the West African sub-region, as a result of the unwholesome activities of some companies doing business within nations bothering Nigeria, promised that everything will be done to ensure Nigeria maximizes her shipping potentials with a view of making more economic gains.
 Managing Director of NPA Hadiza Bala Usman expressed NPA’s determination to stick to the details Of the Authority’s 25 years master plan for development of the ports, adding that this will remove overlaps and ensure NPA is properly repositioned for improved revenue generation.
   A statement issued by NPA’s General Manager (Public Affairs), Chief Michael Ajayi quoted the Managing Director as saying the organization was in the process of reviewing all concession agreements.
 Also present at the meeting were Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Transport, Alh. S. Zakari, a former Managing Director of the NPA Chief Adebayo Sarumi, Director General Of NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside, among others.