The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are set to collaborate, as part of a bid to ensure a more rapid growth of the Maritime Industry.
The report was that the major decision made by the BPE Director-General, Alex Okoh and the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, after the latter paid a working visit to the BPE Corporate office, in Abuja on Thursday.
BPE Head of Communications, Chukwuma Nwokoh, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) confirmed that Okoh not only assured the NPA Boss of constantly liaising with NPA to ensure that the concessionaires keep to the terms of covenants signed with Government, but that would also be decisive in enhancing efficiency and service delivery at Nigerian ports
Subsequently, the Director General pledged to ensure that agreements which are due for review would be expeditiously done.
In her own response, the NPA Boss stressed the need for synergy between both agencies, especially of the sort that would ensure an all-encompassing review process of the ports’ concession agreements.
She stressed the strategic position of the maritime sector in the nation’s economy and its enormous prospects for the economic growth of the country, adding that the inter-agency collaboration is one sure way of harnessing the potential of the two organisations.
Nwokoh highlighted that the two chief executives used the occasion to equally review the maritime industry and agreed on the framework for the evaluation of the ports’ concession agreements; as well as the infrastructural challenges at the ports and ways to address them, and expressed optimism that the Reform Bills, especially the Ports and Harbour Bill and National Transport Commission Bill presently receiving attention at the National Assembly, would optimise operations at the ports.
It would be recalled that the House of Representatives last month, passed the National Transport Commission Bill.
The bill will entrench efficient economic regulatory framework for the transport sector, enhance mechanism for monitoring compliance of government agencies, transport service providers and users in the regulated transport industry with relevant legislation.
It will equally guide government on matters relating to economic regulation, when finally passed into law.