The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has added two additional high-powered tug boats to its fleet of operational marine equipment to boost service delivery at the Ports.
The tug boats, christened MT Musawa and MT Ikoro- Ekiti respectively, were virtually commissioned by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi.
In his virtual message to the stakeholders at the unveiling ceremony in Lagos yesterday, Amaechi stated that Government is determined to stimulate greater operational efficiency at the nation’s seaports , adding that the maritime sector is critical to the growth of the economy.
According to Amaechi, “Government is poised at developing the sector because it occupies a fundamental place in the actualization of the economic recovery growth plan (ERGP) of the Buhari administration”.
He added that plans had matured at linking all nations ports to rail network in order to facilitate trade across board.
The honorable Minister commended the management of NPA in its audacious efforts at repositioning the ports with a competitive edge.
The Chairman Board of Directors of the NPA, Chief Akin Ricketts, said the commissioning of the tug boats marked another landmark in government quest to provide world-class services at the nation’s seaports.
He added that all hands must be on deck in prioritizing the critical sustenance of the sub-sector as a great contributor to the growth of the national economy.
Chief Ricketts solicited stakeholders’ support for synergy in the aspiration of moving the industry forward which should be the concern of all and sundry.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman told stakeholders that the management of the authority is committed to continuous upgrade of facilities and equipment so as to enhance greater service delivery amidst optimal performance.
She assured the Shipping community of effective collaboration in the aspiration that the nation’s shipping community joins the comity of nations.
The MD NPA appreciated the continuous encouragement from the Presidency, Federal Executive Council, and the Honorable Minister of Transportation while the management navigates through the dictates of repositioning the authority along lines of best practices.
“Let me thank President Muhammadu Buhari and every member of the Federal Executive Council for their support in making this a reality.”
“I must express our gratitude to the Honorable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi for his unceasing encouragement towards improving operational efficiency at the ports.
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