Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has won the “Best Maritime Agency of the Year 2022’’ at an award ceremony organised weekend by New Telegraph newspapers.
The organisers said the award was in recognition of the bold steps by the NPA under the management of Mohammed Bello-Koko to eliminate systemic corruption and other criminal practices at the nation’s seaports.
“Following the challenging business operating environment, there is the need to continually identify, assess and reward successful brands and organisations that have made their mark in their sectors.
“As one of the country’s maritime agencies, Nigerian Ports Authority, under your leadership, has impacted so significantly on port development in the country making Nigerians to believe that sooner than later, the port industry in the country would become the most attractive maritime cluster in West Africa.
“Also, with your bold steps to eliminate systemic corruption and other criminal practices at the nation’s seaports, it is believed that Nigerian seaports under your leadership will become the first choice for shipping lines, ship agents, importers and exporters, clearing agents among others.
“These positive changes to the nation’s port sector will boost prompt turnaround of vessels, reduction in cargo dwell time, efficient service delivery, training of manpower in the port, positive change in Nigerian port ecosystem, make cargo clearance simpler, faster and market friendly,” a letter addressed to the Managing Director of NPA by the organisers of the award reads in part.
Receiving the award, NPA Executive Director Marine & Operations, Onari Brown, said thanked New Telegraph newspapers for recognising the efforts of the management and staff of NPA in repositioning the ports to increase efficiency.
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