The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, is ready to ensure optimal use of its facilities in the country’s seaports, according to Acting Director General Mohammed Bello-Koko.
He made this known in a statement Monday in Lagos, saying that it was to position the ports on a competitive advantage in the sub-region of West and Central Africa.
The statement was signed by Olaseni Alakija, Managing Director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA.
The acting director general said that it had become opportune to modernize the port facilities in order to have a positive impact on the operational efficiency of the port.
He said that effective communication is an important variable for effective performance of seaports.
“We aspire to be competitors in the sub-region. One of the ways to do this is to make sure that our facilities such as the control towers are up to date and upgraded to work with modern communication and radar systems.
“This will improve communication, reduce waiting times for ships and further reduce the cost of doing business in our ports,” he said.
Regarding the well-being of pilots, he said that the NPA attached great importance to the comfort of “this category of personnel much appreciated by the Authority”.
“We are committed to the well-being of pilots, the issues of pilot accommodation, medical care and recreational facilities in the rehabilitated nine-story control towers are world class.
“This is accompanied by the provision of facilities such as dormitories, a gym, canteens, kitchens and meeting / conference rooms for pilots and other port personnel,” he said. -he declares.
Mr. Bello-Koko said that a second control tower in Tincan was also being upgraded to allow communication with ships using the VHF frequency.
He said the rehabilitated control towers would also have updated radar and communications equipment that would allow communication between the ports of Lagos and the deepwater port of Lekki and the Dangote refinery jetty. .
Mr. Bello-koko said the NPA will deploy more marine equipment such as pilot cutters and security patrol boats to various port locations to improve the efficiency and security of ports around ports.
“We will make sure to hire you for optimal performance,” he stressed.
In a related development, Bello-Koko had allayed stakeholder fears over insinuations that thug activities at the TinCan Island port could negatively affect the progress already made by the Eto electronic truck call system.
The acting director general, who visited the affected site where vandals attempted to destroy the ‘Eto’ infrastructure but were quickly apprehended by vigilant NPA security officers, assured that rehabilitation work had already started .
He said the incident did not affect operations in any way.
Bello-Koko appreciated the stakeholders, in particular the Lagos State Government, for their collaboration in the application of standard operating procedures, SOPs, in the use of Eto which had remained a continuum.
He took advantage of this visit to declare zero tolerance to vandalism in the country’s seaports.
The Acting Director General called on everyone to join with the Authority in the auspicious task of hoisting the nation’s flag among the committee of nations with efficient ports around the world.
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