|TRADE NEWSWIRE|: The strategic steps taken so far by a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, to engender economic development and advancement of Nigeria through judicious utilisation of economic instrumentalities of the Nigerian Ports, cannot be carpeted from being notified by global economic players, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
A development, economic/ maritime watchers, believed, could not be divorced from the recent visit of the Economic Counselor of the United States Embassy, Abuja, Ms Susan Garro to NPA MD on Wednesday in Lagos.
Garro, was, however, accompanied on the visit to NPA MD by Economic Specialist of the United States Embassy, Lagos, Mrs. Mayowa Obilade.
-It should be noted that NPA MD has just flagged off the first export consignment of manganese, a solid mineral resource from the Ikorodu lighter Terminal enroute Apapa Port to various export destinations across the world to boost the nation’s economy and facilitate foreign exchange earnings into the country.
-NPA MD just the declared the sum of N299.56bn revenue generated for NPA in 2017 fiscal year, which exceeded the 2016 figure of N162.20bn by 84.65 percent making it to be the highest generated revenue by the Authority in the past five years.
-The official receipt of FPSO EGINA into the safe haven of Lagos Harbour recently by NPA MD, Hadiza Bala Usman, after a long ninety-day voyage from the Samsung Shipyard Heavy Industry Goeje in the Republic of South Korea. This was enough assurances for Oil and gas-related companies to operate itch-free in the maritime sector aimed achieving the Federal Government goal of liberalising the Oil and Gas sector to further engender economic development of Nigeria.
Not to talk of series of giant economic strides and reforms taken by her to make Nigerian ports competitive in the face various challenges at hand.