(TRADE NEWSWIRE): A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has reiterated her commitment to the export of non-oil products through the nation’s ports, as Nigeria commenced exportation of yam produce to the United Kingdom through Lily Pond Container Terminal Apapa, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
She made this pledge at the official flag off of the Nigeria Yam Export Programme (NYEP) to the United Kingdom at the Lily Pond Container Terminal Apapa, on Thursday in Lagos.
The statement reads in part, “The Authority has put in place necessary facilities to play a pivotal role in the Federal Government’s drive to promote the export of solid minerals and Agricultural produce through the nation’s seaports.
“Nigeria is richly blessed in the Agricultural sector and that time has come for the Nation to step up in the area of exportation of yam, being the largest producer of the product in the world.”
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 NPA MD, who expressed her pleasure to be part of the export of the non-oil produce (yam) through the Port, informed the gathering that NPA was already looking at the possibility of prioritizing some terminals strictly for export among which she said was Ikorodu.
She added that the only challenge with Ikorodu Terminal was the problem of low head room of the three bridges across the lagoon and assured that several alternatives were being considered to that effect.
She added that while it was important for Nigerians to return to the farm to produce enough yams for both local consumption and export, Usman pledged that everything would be done to guarantee smooth exportation from the Ports.