Bala-Usman: NPA to complete port concession agreement review in 3 months

Hadiza Bala Usman - NPA

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, on Tuesday confirmed an exclusive report published by SHIPS & PORTS DAILY that the review of ports concessioning agreement would be completed within the next three months.

SHIPS & PORTS DAILY reported on September that NPA and private terminal operators at the nation’s seaports had set November 28, 2018 as deadline to review the concession agreement.

While making a presentation on “Ports Governance Models- Our Experience” at the ongoing regional conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) in Abuja on Tuesday, Bala-Usman said NPA was meeting with the terminal operators to get their inputs on the review of the agreement.

“We have an inter-agency which has all the agencies of government that are part of the concessioning process.

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“Also included in the review of the concession process are the Office of the Attorney-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Transportation, NPA and technical support from World Bank.

“Nigeria should expect a supplementary agreement that will be signed with the concessionaires,” Bala-Usman said.

The NPA boss said that there would be deliberate deployment of multi-modal transportation modes into all ports in Nigeria.

She said NPA would enter into agreement with any private company interested in partnership with it. 

Bala-Usman said there was need for strategic decisions on the future of NPA as the ports landlord, while government should provide attractive conditions for direct foreign investments.

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She stressed the need for the implementation of a 25-year port master plan, massive investments in the upgrade of port infrastructure as well as automation of port operations in the country. 

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