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NPA CEO Pledges Increased Cargo Movement via Rail

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority [NPA] has reaffirmed that management of the organisation was working with the Nigerian Railway Corporation [NRC] to assist in the effective and improved movement of cargo through the rail lines from the seaports to various parts of the country. This she said “would help our Ports perform most optimally.”

She stated that NPA was aware of the encumbrances faced by importers who make use of the seaports through vehicular movement which eventually is contributing to congestion in the ports.

Usman made the pledge while on her maiden official tour to all terminals and locations within the Western Ports headquarters namely: The Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) and Tin Can Island Port Complex both within the Apapa corridors of the operations of the NPA.

She informed the stakeholders that management was “sympathetic concerning the challenges faced by businessmen willing to do business in our seaports.” To this, she assured that the management was fast- tracking to ensure swift deliverance of cargoes and most efficient customer services.

She urged all terminal operators and all port users to keep up their financial obligations to NPA, adding that it is critical that the organisation generated more revenue in order to boost the Gross Domestic Product [GDP] of the federation.

The Managing Director who visited the road rehabilitation sites on the Apapa access corridor congratulated Government on the state of that part of entry and exit of the ports whilst promising that management was working to ensure that all imperatives of greater ports operations were fostered.

Earlier, the General Manager, Western Ports, M.K Ajayi stated that the truck standardisation strategy put in place to ensure safe and swift movement of cargo has impacted positively on operations adding that the zone was synergizing to make the standardisation regime a total success.

The General Manager told the interactive gathering made of top management of the NPA that the minimum standardisation of trucks was a safety and security measure put in place to ensure there is no threat to life and property while carrying out transport activities.

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