NPA Urges Synergy To Improve Nigeria’s Inter Modal Transport Chain

Yemisi Izuora 

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman

has said that a lot still needs to be done “particularly in synergising

efforts and fine-tuning grey areas” in order to ensure continuous

improvement in the nation’s inter modal freight transport and logistics

value chain.

Assuring that the Authority would continue to remain focused and

determined to collaborate with all stakeholders to achieve optimum

efficiency and productivity in the nation’s ports, Hadiza Usman said the

organisation has put in place several interventions and collaboration with

various stakeholders on the critical role of inter model transport to unlock

the potentials of the nation’s ports.

The Managing Director was speaking while presenting a paper titled,

“Inter Model Freight Transport: Key to unfolding the potential of Nigerian

Seaports for Speedy Economic Recovery and growth” at the national

conference on fast tracking port reforms.

Hadiza Bala Usman was represented by the Executive Director, Finance

and Administration of the Authority, Mohammed Bello KoKo at the

Conference organised by the Nation Newspaper in Abuja yesterday.

Hadiza Usman who enumerated some notable benefits associated with

Inter Modal Freight Transport, especially in the areas of seamless

transport as essential to shippers pointed out that “An economically

efficient and environmentally sound inter modal transport, provides the

basis for Nigeria to compete in the global economy and also will move

people and goods in an efficient manner”

She explained that the NPA Management lay premium on the critical role

of Inter Modal Transport that is why it is collaborating with several

stakeholders in the funding and rehabilitation of Apapa Port access

roads, introduction of the rail links to the Lagos Ports of Apapa and Tin

Can Island, establishment of several committee on ship turnaround time

and cargo dwell time to proffer solutions for expedited ship and cargo

receipt and evacuation from the ports as well as regular dialogue /

interaction with Port Terminal Operators on ways to improve efficient and

effective port operations.

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