The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman is currently exploring and identifying possibilities for green fields development as well as foreign direct investment funding, along the lines of Public Private Partnership (PPP) across board.
Hadiza indicated this in Lagos, during the NPA Executive Management’s tour and inspection of the vast facilities of the organization at Tarkwa Bay location, assuring that she would personally ensure an optimal utilization of the Organization’s facilities at all location, with a view to generating greater dividends for the country through the Seaports.
The Managing Director stated that management was already considering the benefits of rehabilitating the Lagos Light House at Tarkwa Bay, in a bid to prioritize the possibility of deploying an A.I.S (Automatic Identification System) at the location; as this would enhance smooth Navigation to approaches of Lagos Ports, by vessels calling at the Ports.
She was equally of the view that the revitalization of Tarkwa Bay and optimal use of the facilities there, would create more employment opportunities, thereby reducing inflationary rate, noting that the gesture holds the possibility of further stimulating the economic growth of the country.
Hadiza observed that the management team is already engaging relevant stakeholders in vibrant dialogue, aimed at identifying and eliminating encumbrances on the Authority’s infrastructure, while tackling and resolving man-made bottlenecks, so as to create mutual understanding and a better enabling environment for businesses to thrive at the sea ports.
The high point of the event was the location and assessment of Inagbe Grand Resort facility and Estate – a typical direct Public Private Partnership (PPP) investment effort within the Tarkwa Bay environment.
Those who made the facilities tour included the Executive Directors for Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies; Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubarkar; and Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko all of who joined hands to support the NPA’s Chief Executive during the assignment.
Other top Management on the entourage were the General Managers, Western Ports, Abiodun Gbadamosi, Physical Planning and Development, Engr. Rufai Mohammed and Public Affairs, Elder Uduonofit Effiong amongst others.