NPA export plans suffer setback

Plans by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to move export containers by water from Ikorodu Lighter Terminal (ILT) to Lagos Port has suffered a setback, 12 days after it was flagged off.   It was gathered that a barge ferrying the first batch of manganese from the terminal to Lagos Port was programmed to spend six hours on the water but the barge is yet to arrive the port since it began its voyage.     Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala- Usman, had on…

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NPA moves against poor container stacking

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that shipping companies that litter the port roads with empty containers under the guise of holding bay will be sanctioned. It said that severe sanction would be meted out to erring organisations, which refuses to obey rules guiding the directives after a one week window. In a statement, the authority’s General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, quoted the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, as saying during a quarterly stakeholders meeting in Lagos, that the management had set up a committee…

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NPA generates N299.56bn revenue

Bayo Akomolafe The Nigerian Ports Authority yesterday declared that it generated N299.56 billion as revenue for 2017 fiscal year. NPA explained that it realised N136.04 billion from traffic, N66.80 billion from harbours, N86.06 billion from administrative revnue and N10.75 billion from other sources. The 2017 revenues exceeded the 2016 figure of N162.20 billion by 84.65 per cent and was the highest generated by the authority in the last five years. NPA’s General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, in a statement, noted that in 2013, the authority generated N154.50billion,…

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NPA conceals 2017 revenue from public

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has failed to disclosed its 2017 revenue to the public despite the promise made by its Managing Director, Hadiza Usman.   Although, she had already said that NPA surpassed its N250 billion revenue target for 2017, she was, however, reluctant to disclose the actual figure.   When contacted, the authority’s General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, was unable to explain why the management kept the figures from the public.   However, Goje said that only the Authority’s finance and admin directorate or audit division…

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Group frets over NPA’s redundant staff

Nigerian Importers Integrity Association (NIIA) has accused the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over its Corporate and Strategic Communication (CSC) unit, filled with those who are slated for retirement. It alleged that some of the staff in the unit lacked knowledge of public relations and strategic communication to run the department. The President of the group, Elder Godwin Onyekazi, said in Lagos that the ineffective performance of the unit had led to a major setback for the organisation. He said: “Those appointed lately are those about to retire and…

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Caution over Intels, NPA, OGFZA impasse

Two months ago, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, stirred a major controversy in the country when she wrote a letter to Intels Nigeria Limited (INL), proposing a review of the existing contract, among other things, between the two parties. To many, the sudden decision of the nation’s maritime infrastructure landlord appeared smeared with a lot of political miscalculations and considered dangerous for the country’s campaign aimed at attracting foreign direct investment.   The letter annulled the agreement, which hitherto allowed the company to receive…

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INTELS/NPA: A deal gone sour

As the conflict between Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and INTELS Nigeria Limited lingers, some companies have been invited to bid for the pilotage service contract, thus heightening tension. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports In the last few weeks, the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has been at loggerheads with one of the foremost investors in the nation’s maritime sector, Intels Nigeria Limited.  Although observers have taken positions depending on their understanding and affiliation to the parties, developments in the crisis suggest that all has not been too well with…

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Restore INTELS agreement with NPA, Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to return to “status quo ante” by reversing the termination of the contract between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS).   It also resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the legality or otherwise of the termination of the contract. The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks.   This was sequel to the passage of a hotly contested motion sponsored by Hon. Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa).   Leading debate on the…

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NPA, BPE agree on seamless collaboration

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have agreed to collaborate to sustain maritime industry development. Director-General, BPE, Mr. Alex A. Okoh, and Managing Director of the NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, made the joint resolution in Abuja during a courtesy visit by NPA management to his office. Okoh said that the collaboration was necessary in order to enhance efficiency and service delivery at Nigerian ports. A statement by the bureau’s Head of Public Communications, Chukuma Nwokoh, said that the chief executives reviewed the maritime industry…

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