In a bid to ensure efficiency and make the Calabar ports attractive for business, the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA) has concluded plans to deploy equipment worth over N1billion to Calabar port, in Cross River State.
Addressing stakeholders’ in a meeting organised by NPA at Calabar port complex, the Managing Director of NPA Ms Hadiza Bala Usman said that some tug boats, Pilot Cutters and other equipment worth several millions of dollars would be deployed to boost efficiency at the Port
Ms Usman who was represented by the General Manager Marine and Operations, Mr Joshua Asanga said, the measure is being taken by NPA to boost efficiency, enhance surveillance ,security and make the port attractive for business.
According to her, Calabar port is one of the key ports of the nation under the NPA, and stakeholders said, it has been developed into an ultra-modern port system since the current management of the Authority took mantle of office.The Managing Director said that four consultants engaged by the agency for the Bathymetric survey of the channel leading to Calabar port have concluded their assignment so that the dredging of the channel will commence.
She urged investors to take advantage of the strategic location of the Calabar port to boost export and assured them of the Federal Government commitment to dredge the channel to meet their expectations.Ms Usman assured the stakeholders and investors that adequate depth of the channel leading to the port would be dredged to accommodate big ocean going vessels and adequate security provided.
She urged government agencies at the port to collaborate to key into the Federal Government policy on easy of doing business, boost quick cargo clearance and facilitate trade.She condemned indiscriminate abandoning of wrecks on the channel leading to the port warning owners to remove them or face sanctions.
In his own remarks , Chief Michael Davies, One of the stakeholders at the meeting commended NPA for repositioning the Calabar port for greater efficiency.He urged other stakeholders to collaborate with the NPA in its efforts to make the port a hub of maritime activities.
Another stakeholder and a clearing agent, Mr Sunday Alfred said the deployment of the tug boats and the pilot cutters would assist the port in boosting government revenue.The Port Manager Mrs Funmilayo Olotu praised the management for the support they have received so far and assured the stakeholders that the flat bottom vessels would continue to call at the port to deliver their cargo.
She expressed happiness over the Nigeria Navy who always deployed their tug boat to Calabar Ports to enhance surveillance and security of the facilities.Present at the meeting were representative of the host community, importers, clearing agents, terminal operators, investors and representatives of security agencies like the police, Customs, Immigration and the Navy.
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