The Executive Committee of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association (NMLA) on Monday paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi.
The NMLA Executive, which included Louis Mbanefo (SAN), Mrs. Funke Agbor, Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emoren and Emeka Akabogu was received by Abdullahi and his management team, which included the Executive Director Marine and Operations Engr. David Omonibeke and the General Manager Legal, Mrs. Eniola Williams.
In his remarks, Mbanefo observed that that the visit was historic, being the first time the association will be formally visiting a serving Managing Director of the NPA.
In his response, Abdullahi noted that in view of the leading role NPA plays amongst maritime agencies, there was need for more concrete synergy with the association.
He promised the authority’s continued support to the association and requested to be briefed on what other agencies have been doing with the association, to ensure the NPA does the same in strengthening the relationship.
He said NMLA’s expertise would be particularly needed to assist in passage of the Ports and Harbours Bill, in addition to ensuring clarity of responsibilities and working harmony between NPA and sister agencies in the maritime sector.
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