NPA is committed to becoming Africa's leading port, says managing director

NPA is committed to becoming Africa's leading port, says managing director


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is committed to becoming Africa’s leading port, said the Authority’s Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Koko.

Koko disclosed this at the NPA special day at the ongoing Enugu International Trade Fair.

He called for the collective commitment of the country's trade and development partners to achieve this goal.

“We will strive to become Africa’s leading port. This is a dream that can be realized through the coming together of our trade and development partners, of which the Enugu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a part.”

“Nigeria’s maritime industry is a major economic driver given that 85 per cent of economic activity is delivered through ports around the world.

“Maritime transport remains the gateway to global markets. Ports are catalysts for economic development because they enable trade and support supply chains,” he said.

He said that NPA, as a national brand asset based on service excellence, always participates in events aimed at promoting trade facilitation/economic development of our country, especially promoting the potential of our industrial sector and expanding opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. He said he would be happy to participate.

The NPA Managing Director said the Onne Port Complex and Rivers Port Terminal will provide exporters with the appropriate infrastructure needed to carry out transactions in the given time frame.

He said this was done to encourage the export of more Nigerian-made products as well as non-oil exports from the country.

“We will continue to prioritize exports of agricultural products, solid mineral resources and goods, which will increase exports and foreign exchange earnings.”

“It should also be mentioned that the railway line to the port is being built and rehabilitated to facilitate the logistics chain,” Coco said.

In his address, the Secretary-General of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Odeiga Jideonwo, emphasized the NPA on the strategic role and initiatives of sub-national institutions and the central role played by national institutions in socio-economic life. praised. people's.

“This applies in particular to the development and promotion of commerce and industry in the maritime sub-sector of the transport industry.

“We are proud of your continued participation in our trade fairs over the years and we look forward to working with you to build a more prosperous economy for our dear country Nigeria. We ask that you continue to have faith in us as we work with you,” Jideonwo said.

Source: guardian.ng

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