By Godfrey Bivbere
Following years of complains and petitions by the leadership of the Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Ports Authority (SSANPA) over the sale of the authorityâ€™s properties, the House Committee on Marine Transport is set to institute a probe to ascertain the sale.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who disclosed this in Abuja recently, said that the committee will investigate how the NPA properties were sold.
Ogwuanyi said that the committee wanted to know what happened to the NPAÂ properties that were sold.He said that the committee would also like to know whether the transactions were transparent or not and whetherÂ due process was followed.â€œWe are serious on what happened to the sale of NPA propertiesâ€ Ugwuanyi said.
The lawmaker also said that the committee would discuss whether the nation needs more maritime institutions and what are the state of those existing now.He also said that the issue of who regulates the ports had been of paramount importance to the committee as well as how the ports could be rid of the perennial congestion.
He said that the vision of the committee was to take the maritime sector to the next level by adding value.
We need to review the existing maritime laws in use so that they would be in line with global best practices, he said.
To do this, he said that a technical sub-committee had been inaugurated to study the relevant maritime laws and make recommendations to the committee to find out those not domesticated.
He said that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) laws, conventions, regulations guidelines would also be studied by the committee.
Ugwuanyi, however, said that the solution to port congestion was to work toward havingÂ new ports and provide structures that would make way for the development of the older ports.