|TRADE NEWSWIRE|: The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to encourage the use of barges for the movement and evacuation of cargoes from the nation’s Seaports to the hinterland across the country, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
This, according to a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, was in order to reduce the pressure on the Port Access Road and to serve as a solution to the perennial gridlock being experienced within the Ports Axis.
This Managing Director was speaking through the Executive Director Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies at the first Quarter Forum of the Ports Consultative Council (PCC) held recently in Lagos.
Barge: is a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight on canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another.
Cargo: are goods carried on a ship, aircraft, or motor vehicle.
A statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Alhaji Abdullahi Goje, the Managing Director informed Stakeholders at the gathering that the NPA Management pay premium to the developments of Port infrastructure in order to engender efficient service delivery in the nation’s Seaports.
Hadiza assured the Stakeholders that the Authority is working assiduously towards ensuring the speedy completion of renovation works on the Quay Apron at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal. Expressing their position that the renovation of the Quay would improve the operational efficiency of the Ports.
While assuring that Management would continue to keep a harmonious relationship with its Stakeholders, the Managing Director appealed to Stakeholders to support and comply with Government directives.
The Chairman PCC, Otunba Kunle Folarin at the occasion urged Operators and Stakeholders to engage the NPA on a mutually beneficial synergy which would help in moving the Industry forward.
Recall that NPA MD recently adopted ‘Intermodal Transport’ with conveyance of cargoes with barges from Ikorodu lighter Terminal to Apapa Port with the first export consignment of manganese-solid mineral, in order to facilitate efficient and effective movement of goods; and also to reduce the traffic pressure on roads in and around the Apapa port axis in view of the ongoing road construction therein.