The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will welcome more Canadian firms to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities presented by the successful reform of the Nigerian port system.
The Managing Director NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi said this yesterday when the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner visited him in Lagos.
Abdullahi recounted that even though at present the NPA has a contract relationship with a Canadian firm handling the proposed 25 years port master plan and some ICT projects, he would want Canadian firms to show more interest in greenfield port development and capacity building in marine related courses.
He said that NPA was committed to the 25 years port master plan and would want the Canadian firm handling the plan to urgently conclude its work, as it will chart a course for the future of the port industry.
Abdullahi said the Nigerian economy is vibrant, attractive and robust, with the potential to yield high returns to local and foreign investors.
On his part, the Deputy High Commissioner, Lajos Arendas expressed delight at the visit having just taken over the responsibility and said that his mission was to further improve the already existing relationship with Nigeria.
According to him, Canada plays host to many Nigerian students and that the visit has posed more challenges to him to seek for more ways to attract Canadian firms into the port industry as the commendable infrastructure development in the ports will attract investments.
The Deputy High Commissioner was accompanied to visit by Sylvia Koleva and Sarah Branco, both trade commissioners.
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