Nigerian Ports Authority To Improve Operational Efficiency

Nigerian Ports Authority To Improve Operational Efficiency Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has hinted that the agency’s priority along with the federal government is to improve its operational efficiency.

The NPA MD, revealed this on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, where she also explained that the government is working towards improving Nigeria’s business environment.

It has been 10 years since the ports went into a concession agreement and this according to Usman has indeed been successful.

However, she stressed a need to review the agreement in order to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“We are ten years into the concession agreement with the terminal operators and we believe that there’s a need to review the concession agreement.

She explained that there is a stipulated timeline for the review which should be every two years but for some reason that has not been done.

Usman however believes it is now a very appropriate time to do the review. “We have started the procedure of reviewing the respective agreements that we have across our terminals.

“The terminal operators themselves are keen to have a review because there are areas that we need to look at, 10 years post concession.

Highlighting some issues regarding the Nigerian ports, such as competitiveness and pricing, Usman stated that “the NPA is looking at the respective tariffs across the West African coast and in Africa indeed, to see how competitive our ports are”.

According to her, ports in western and central Africa are not keen to having their tariffs made public.

“I think these are some of the things we need to do as agencies of government, we need to enshrine transparency and we have started by putting our tariffs on our website.

“This is the first time the Nigerian Ports Authority is putting all our respective tariffs for the Nigerian public to see.

“We are also going to the next step of publishing them in the newspapers so that you are aware of anything the Nigerian Ports Authority is charging.

“It is important to have that transparency,” she stressed.

“The second leg to our challenge has to do with our operational competitiveness, how efficient are our ports.

“How easy is it for an entity to come into our ports, clear your goods and get out of the ports within a timely manner? Usman questioned.

However as a solution to this, she reiterated that “there are agencies of government that interface with us and we are working with them to ensure that we improve on these operational efficiencies”.

Furthermore, she revealed that one of the things that the agency is putting in place is “the national single windows project, and NPS is working on a ports community system whereby all our operations are domiciled in one single platform.

“We are working to do an interface with the Nigerian customs service and every other agency that operates in the ports, whereby you can have ease of operations.”

Sea Ports Efficiency: FG To Block All Revenue Leakages In Operations

Sea ports in Nigeria and revenue leakagesThe Nigerian government is making efforts to plug all revenue leakages in the operations of the nation’s ports, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, said on Friday.

She made the remark during a tour of the ports in Port Harcourt and Onne in Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

According to the managing director, the era of operational lapses at the expense of revenue due to the government is over.

It was her first official visit to the sea port in Onne and she met with the members of the executives for an operational and assessment tour of the two sea ports.

In a separate meeting with members of the executives at Onne Port, the manager of the port, Mr Alhassan Abubakar, rolled out the challenges faced by personnel especially in the area of welfare.

Ms Hadiza Usman assured them that welfare of staff was a priority for her administration.

She told Channels Television that steps had been taken to ensure all revenue leakages were blocked and duly paid to the consolidated revenue account.

“One of the things we are doing in Onne Port is to ensure that all revenue due to the Federal Government is duly paid. We have developed a payment system that will guard against leakages,” she explained.

The General Manager of eastern ports of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Abdullahi Goje, hinted that the port was sitting on a land area of over 2,539 hectares and still expanding and was home of the nation’s oil and gas free zone, regarded as the fastest growing in Sub-Saharan Africa, with over 200 companies operating within the port.

At the end of the tour, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority addressed journalists on the need to review the lease and concession agreements with operators to ensure the area is put to maximum use for the benefit of business and the economy.

Buhari Approves Governing Boards For NPA, NIMASA

Muhammadu Buhari-NPA-NIMASANigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the composition of the governing board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

The approval was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi.

The new NPA governing board has 11 members with Mr Emmanuel Adesoye as its Chairman.

The members of the board are: Supo Shasore, Suleiman Halilu, Constance Harry Mashal, Umar Shu’aibu, Charles Sylvester, Hadiza Usman, Mohammed Koko, Dr. Sekonte Davis, Professor Idris Abubakar and Mrs I. J. Uche-Okoro.

Similarly, President Buhari approved a governing board for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The NIMASA board also has 11 members, with Major General Jonathan India Garba as the Chairman.

The members of the board are: Asekomhe Kenneth, Mohammed Muazu, Ebele Obi, S. U. Galadanchi, Ms Nene Dike, Dakuku Peterside, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, Bashir Jamoh, Joseph Fashakin and Gambo Ahmed.

FG To Audit Nigeria’s Ports

Nigeria's PortsThe Federal Government has announced plans to audit Nigeria’s ports as part of efforts to improve the economy and fast track the clearing of goods.

The Minister of Transport, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, said this in Abuja shortly after a meeting with port concessionaires, dry port operators and the management of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council.

He said that the audit of the ports would determine the next step to be taken by the federal government.

He, however, reiterated the federal government’s determination to diversify the nation’s economy.

BBOG Co-founder, Hadiza Usman Is New MD of NPA

Hadiza Usman, NPA, BBOGMrs Hadiza Usman has been appointed Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

She takes over from Alhaji Habib Abdullahi, who was reinstated by the President in August 2015 as the MD of the NPA.

Mrs Usman previously served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

She shot to national prominence in 2014 when Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok area in Borno State.

In conjunction with the former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, they co-founded the #Bringbackourgirls group, which brought global attention to the plight of the kidnapped girls.

Her appointment took effect on Monday, July 11 along with other appointments just approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

#BringBackOurGirls: Campaigners Suit Hearing Begins

Bring back our girlsHearing on the suit filed against the police by campaigners calling for the release of the over 200 abducted Chibok girls will commence on Thursday.

The group had filed the suit after the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu, on June 2, issued an order banning protests by the group. They are seeking 200 million Naira in damages and an order restraining the police from interfering with their protest.

Members of the group also planned to write to the Inspector General of Police to effect his plans of deploying security operatives to protect the group while its protests are on.

Coordinator of the group, Hadiza Usman, said that it had become worrisome to note that the Inspector General of Police had not attached security operatives to protect the group in the course of daily sit-outs, one week after his advise for adequate security at the venues of rallies.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, had on June 3, reversed the order  order by Mr Mbu banning protest in the nation’s capital Abuja.

Contrary to Mbu’s order, the spokesman for the Police, Mr Frank Mba, told reporters in Abuja that the police authorities had not issued any order banning peaceful assemblies and protests anywhere in the country.

Mr Mbu had hinged the ban on the emergence of parallel groups which posed security risk to the nation’s capital, but the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners rejected the directive, insisting that the protest would continue.

The police high command reversing the ban explained that intelligence report had necessitated the need to advise the protesters on the possibility of infiltration by criminal elements.

The group started protest few weeks after the abduction of the girls on April 14 by a terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Military say it is has identified the location of the girls and is putting strategies in place to rescue them without casualties.



#BringBackOurGirls: Protesters Reschedule Visit To Presidential Villa

protestersNigerians calling for the rescue of  the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State have rescheduled their visit to the Presidential Villa to Thursday, for a wider participation.

Speaking with Channels Television after one of their daily meetings in Abuja, a member of the group, Hadiza Usman, said that the aim of the protest to the Presidential Villa was to find out what the Federal Government was doing to rescue the girls.

“We have written a letter to Mr. President, we are hopeful that he will grant us audience because we believe as citizens, our president should listen to us when we ask for audience.

“We are waiting for his response, if he fails to respond, we intend to go to the Presidential Villa and demand that we see our President, our demand is to bring back our girls now and alive,” she said.

She added that the group remained resolute in mounting pressure on those in authority to ensure the release of the girls.