Shippers oppose NPA’s plan to divert vessels

Move by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to to divert vessels from Lagos to eastern ports has been opposed by Shippers Association Lagos State (SALS). The authority had said that any vessel that had waited to berth at any terminal within the Lagos Pilotage District for four days without space would  be diverted from January 27, 2020 to other terminals with capacity to berth vessels within the district or to the eastern ports. However, the President of the association, Rev Jonathan Nicole, said that the decision by the authority would…

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Traffic: NPA halts 15m tons cold chain project

●10,000 indirect jobs threatened   Plans by the APM Terminal to store 15 million tons of agricultural produce at the Ijora Lilypond Container have been truncated by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The Authority has resolved to turn the ailing terminal to a truck park as a way of addressing the perennial gridlock at Apapa port roads in Lagos. Finding by this newspaper revealed that the Authority will be losing over N500 million from its lease agreement signed in 2018 with the terminal operator. It was learnt that NPA made…

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Confusion over N178.3bn port investment

…as NPA delays concession review   Failure by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to review port concession agreements before the end of 2018 has affected the cost of operation in all terminals at the seaport. It was learnt that the cost of doing business had risen by 328 per cent at the Lagos terminals after the concessionaires invested N178.3 billion on equipment alone. The revised concession agreement is expected to, among others, review the guaranteed minimum tonnage clause, which has been a major challenge facing the port terminal operators. Also,…

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FG to review salaries of CBN, FIRS, NNPC, NPA, others

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Rewane heads technical c’ttee on new minimum wage   The Federal Government is set to review the salaries of workers currently earning above the national minimum wage. President Muhammadu Buhari made the revelation yesterday while inaugurating an advisory technical committee for the implementation of the proposed N30,000 new minimum wage for Nigerian workers, shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday. The chairman of the newly inaugurated Presidential Advisory Committee on New National Minimum Wage is a foremost economist, Mr. Bismarck…

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Nigeria exports N650bn gas from Onne Port

  Despite the activities of pirates in the Bonny channel, more than 2.06 million tons of liquefied natural gas have been exported through Onne Port in the last 10 months, New Telegraph has learnt. The gas, which left the port between February and November, 2018 was valued at N650billion ($1.8billion) The gas was lifted from the LNG’s Bonny Island liquefaction plants at Onne Port, Rivers State. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping position statistics obtained by our correspondent revealed that 281,000 tons left the country in November, 2018 in five…

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SPIP to recover $20m, landed property for NPA

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for the Recovery of Public Property said it has initiated action towards recovery of over $20 million and several hectares of land owed Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) by some unnamed entities. Head, Media and Communications of the panel, Lucie-Ann Member Laha, in a statement, noted that the said money is unremitted revenue of NPA domiciled in one of the banks. According to the statement, also to be recovered are several hectares of land and houses belonging to NPA in Lagos, Delta, Rivers and Cross…

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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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