Four companies have been pre-qualified for the development of the nation’s ports master plan. The firms were selected nofollowing
A 25 year port development plan is being embarked upon by the NPA as a
strategic policy for effective utilization of resources and efficient
service delivery in the ports sector.
NPA’s Managing Director Mallam Abdul Salam Mohammed who dropped the hint
at the recently concluded First USA-Nigeria Trade and Investment
Framework agreement TIFA business forum held in the three cities of
Atlanta, Houston and Chicago in the United States of America, encouraged
investors to position themselves to take advantage of the emerging
opportunities in the country.
On the issue of security at Nigerian Ports, the managing director who
was represented by the General Manager Eastern Ports, Mr Sotonye Etomi,
explained that channels had been secured and measures had been put in
place to ensure that all the ports are compliant with the International
Ship Facility Port Security code.
Mohammed said plans had been put in place to connect all the nation’s
ports by rail. Already rehabilitation and building of existing and new
rail lines respectively were being undertaken and opportunities still
exist in these areas.
In a statement by Malam Iliya Musa, the NPA assistant general manager,
Public Affairs quoted the managing director as saying: “Everything you
need in other sectors is invested in the ports that are why the
pre-reform challenges were addressed.”
In her presentation, the Director of commercial service in the US
Department of Commerce, Julie Carducci commended the organisers. She
said that the forum had further strengthened the platform for Nigerian
companies and agencies to develop relationships with US exporters and
The Vice President of Corporate Council of Africa (CCA), Mr Tim McCoy
while commending the forum and encouraging American investors to come to
Nigeria also said that in spite of global economic meltdown, Africa had
continued to post economic gains and that Nigeria is too big a market
to ignore he concluded.
Meanwhile, the authority had appointed Mr. Efioita Okon Ephraim as the
new Port Manager of Tin Can Island Port Apapa Lagos.
He replaced Mr. Henry Cline who retired from the NPA after some years of
Until his appointment, Mr. E. O Ephraim was the acting assistant general
manager, Monitoring and Compliance at the NPA corporate headquarters in
The new port manager holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the
University of Calabar (UNICAL), post graduate diploma in Port &
Shipping Management from the International Maritime Transport Academy
(IMTA), Holland and a masters degree in transport from Olabisi Onabanjo
University, Ago Iwoye.
He was called to the bar in 2005 having bagged and LLB and BL from Lagos
State University (LASU).
The experience he has gathered in marketing and commercial departments,
attendance at several maritime seminars both local and international and
his membership of various operational committees will be useful in
consolidating the gains that has been recorded by the successful
concession of the Tin Can Island Port.
Source: Nigerian Compass
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