(TRADE NEWSWIRE): A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has taken a bold step to unbundle monopoly in cargo handling by allowing every terminal in the Port to receive any cargo provided they have the technical competence to handle it, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru on behalf of the General Manager, Public Affairs of the Authority, the move to unbundle the cargo handling monopoly was meant was meant to enhance operational efficiency in the ports.
(Monopoly): is a situation when a sector or industry is dominated by one corporation, firm or entity. It is also known as a ‘free market capitalism’ i.e when a single company or group an enterprise is not allowed to be big enough to own all or nearly all of the market (goods, supplies, commodities, infrastructure and assets) for a particular type of product or service.
(Terminal Operators): are companies that lease terminals from Nigerian Ports Authority (which acts as a landlord of the ports) and operate the leased terminals as a private business. They provide wharfage, dock, warehouse, or other marine terminal facilities to ocean common carriers moving cargo in the ocean-borne, foreign commerce.
(Cargo handling): is the activity of moving cargo on and off the ships berthed at the nation’s ports.
“The Authority would ensure a level playing field for all the operators and that no investor is above the law and that all must comply with laid down rules and regulations,” The Managing Director said.
Speaking when she received visiting members of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering in her office on Monday in Marina, Usman requested for greater collaboration and support from the Academy in the areas of new engineering projects.
She also affirmed that NPA has a large pool of competent engineers who were versatile and were contributing immensely to the Organization.
The MD assured that NPA would give her widow’s mite to support the Academy, while the organization would also look at the possibility of supporting relevant technical institution in her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) especially in the areas of capacity building.
Speaking in the same vein, the President of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Engr. (Mrs) J.O. Maduka, expressed her joy at what the MD NPA has achieved within a short period, adding that NPA was noted to have produced very competent engineers in the past.
The President of the Academy, solicited NPA’s support in the efforts of the Academy to resuscitate engineering institutions and colleges in Lagos, lamenting that Government has not given enough recognition to the profession.
Present with the Managing Director at the meeting are Executive Director Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar, General Managers, Physical Planning and Development, Engr. Rufai Mohammed, Business Development and Joint Venture, Engr. Tolulope Talabi, Maintenance, Engr. Adams Jatto and Technical Assistance to the MD, Engr. Richard Unde.
While on the team of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering are the immediate past President, Prof. A.F. Ogunye, Engr. I.K. Inuwa and Prof. A.O. Esogbue amongst others.