Making NPA Regional Shipping Hub is Our Goal – Abdullahi

He said this was possible following the tremendous potentials of some of the nation’s seaports, improved infrastructural development in the port sector and the huge market.
The NPA boss expressed this view while reacting to a recent media report which was titled “Lagos, Cape Town ranked as most innovative cities”, credited to two international bodies, Citigroup and Urban Land Institute of the United States of America.
In the said publication, it was reported that, “in terms of economic potential, Lagos Port was ranked for accounting for 80 per cent of Nigeria’s seaport activities”.
Mallam Habib affirmed that he was not surprised by such positive comment by the publication as the management was consistently making efforts to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the nation’s seaports.
He explained that not only were the channels of the seaports navigable with regular maintenance dredging, all wrecks along them had all been removed to facilitate smooth navigation.
He cited a number of projects embarked upon or completed by the management to enhance improved port operations generally such as the rehabilitation of the 1.6km common-user access road in Lagos Port Complex (LPC).
The Kano State born NPA boss disclosed that management was working relentlessly on the development of two deep seaports in the country situated in Lekki and Badagry, both in Lagos State.
Also, according to him, there was the Ibaka deep seaport project in Akwa Ibom State, adding that all these were with the full support of the federal government.

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