.NPA set up Committee to review concession agreements with Terminal operators
.NPA MD gives Shipping companies, Terminal Operators one week to clear port-access roads of empty containers
.Promises level playing field for Terminal operators
.Rules guiding port operations to be followed strictly
|TRADE NEWSWIRE|: A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has adopted a ‘Carrot and stick management approach’ by assuring port operators of the provision of efficient Port services and to equally enforce prompt payment of outstanding dues into the government coffers of which failure to do so will attract sanction with immediate effect, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
She said ensuring prompt remittance of of outstanding dues meant for NPA by Stakeholders into the government coffers would further strengthen the government to provide enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the maritime sector in view of the crucial role the sector plays in facilitating economic development.
‘Carrot and stick’: is a metaphoric phrase for the use of a combination of reward and punishment to induce a desired behavior. It is based on the idea that a cart driver might activate a reluctant mule by dangling a carrot in front of it and smacking it on the rear with a stick.
Port concession: is a contract in which a government transfers operating rights to private enterprise, which then engages in an activity conditional on government approval and subject to the terms of the contract. The contract may include the rehabilitation or construction of infrastructure by the concessionaire
Default: occurs when a debtor is unable to meet the legal obligation of debt repayment, and it also refers to cases in which one party fails to perform on a futures contract as required by an exchange.
According to the MD, Management has put in place machinery at ensuring that there is a level playing field for Operators doing business in the sector using the Ports as it would ensure that rules guiding Port Operations are strictly adhered to the latter.
A statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Alhaji Abdullahi Goje, NPA MD made these remarks at a Quarterly Meeting between Management and the Stakeholders in the Maritime Subsector in the Lagos.
She further used the opportunity to inform the gathering that Management has set in motion a committee to liaise with representatives of Terminal Operators with the view to reviewing existing Concession agreement as plans are in the offing to actualize this within the shortest possible time.
Hadiza Usman, a goal-getter; woman of virtue and valour, however, frowned at the attitude of Shipping Companies and Terminal Operators who connived to litter the roads with empty containers under the guise of having a Holding bay, added that sanctions would be meted to erring Organisations who refused to obey rules guiding these directives after a One week window.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Port Manager Lagos Ports Complex [LPC] Hajiya Aisha Ibrahim informed the gathering that the meeting was a platform for NPA and its Stakeholders to discuss the challenges facing operational efficiency. Efforts she said are in top gear to continually provide succor through palliatives on the roads leading to the Ports in consonance with the Ease of Doing Business before permanent solutions are made by relevant agencies.