” What was agreed in 2006 is no more tenable, the demands of the country and of the NPA are different from what they were in 2006.”
“The federal government through the NPA is resolved to hold Terminal Operators more accountable under the new agreement, on maintenance as well as on deployment of modern equipment in sufficient quantity.”
“Two of the expired leases have agreed to invest in the development of the TinCan Port.
“The need to discuss with the other terminal operators whose leases have not expired became important since development will entail the whole berth.
“It is these fine details that are being worked on, but I believe within the month, they will be finalized and sent to FMOT, FMOJ, BPE, ICRC accordingly,” Bello-Koko said.
He pledged that the NPA management under his leadership will continue to uphold global best practices and ensure the best deal is secured for Nigeria.
Bello-Koko said that the new agreement will ensure that the operators are held accountable for their commitment to invest in port infrastructure to ensure efficiency.
“On the whole, the renewal of these leases has afforded NPA the opportunity to take a closer look at the Port Modernization project of the government, and preliminary agreements together with the renewal documents will be communicated to FMOT in a few days’ time.
The Minister of Transportation, Engr Muazu Sambo had in August, during his maiden visit to the Lagos ports after his appointment, directed the NPA to renew the expired concession agreements within 45 days, a pronouncement which stakeholders scooped at as not being feasible given the long processes involved in the exercise.
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The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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