NPA seeks collaboration to attract investments 

Hadiza Bala Usman

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman says the organization will collaborate with relevant establishments and foreign firms towards increased bilateral trade ties.

Speaking through NPA’s Assistant General Manager, Commercial and Ports Promotion, Abdulrahman Lamina, at a maritime conference in Lagos this week, Usman said technology transfer and information sharing would assist in the standardization of products for international market.

“Government efforts in achieving Single Window operations is to enhance swift clearance of goods which would help to encourage the growth of businesses within the ports industry,” Usman was quoted as saying at the event. 

She stated that enhanced security profile at the port would attract sustained investments to the sector and put the country in line with the dictates of regulations of the International Maritime Organisation. 

The NPA boss said the Federal Government was working towards the deployment of top grade technologies and automation such as the Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence Unit (CCCIU) and the Revenue Invoicing Management System (RIMS) to ensure quick financial transactions and the blocking of revenue leakages at the ports. 

She said CCCIU and RIMS will create enabling environment to attract foreign direct investment to the port. 

Speaking at the same event, the Managing Director of Greenview Development Nigeria Limited (GDNL), Mallam Abba Issa Bukar, who was represented by the company’s Head of Human Resources and Administration, David Agunbiade the maritime industry has sufficient resources to create jobs.   

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