By Stella Christian
Executive Director, Marine and Operation, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Mrs. E. A. Egharevba, has said that the successful port reforms has thrown open vast investment opportu-nities in the Nigeria ports system.
She said this while receiving the delegation of the Saudi Arabia government on behalf of NPA Managing Director, Mr. Abdul-Salam Mohammed, who has expressed its intention to collaborate with Nigeria government in the area of port development, dock yard maintenance and marine transport, so as to explore the vast opportunities available in the Nigeria sea ports.
She said: ”Opportu-nities exist in the development of bulk cargo, oil and gas logistics, bas petrol chemical, residential/ancillary facilities for oil and gas.
“Other areas include shipyard development for the construction of all categories of vessels, tourism development facilities and indepen-dent power project.”
In the same vein, the General Manager Marine, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, who threw more light on the opportunities that exist in the area of shipyard development and repairs, said that there is a large strip of water along the Lagos-Badagry axis, running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, where develop-ment of a heavy bulk terminal could be viable.
He further stated that the NPA has continued in its effort to ensure safe navigation of ship by engaging in regular foreign training and re-training of its pilots of various gargles ranging from Grade 1-4.
He added that the organisation is also committed to achieving the 13.5 metres drought, while removal of wreck in the channels is ongoing.
Responding to the observation made by the visiting delegation in the area of access road to the port, the Executive Director Engineering and Technical Service, Engr. Yusuf Haruna, said the major access road along the Tincan Island Port is being managed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Expansion, and rehabilitation work had commenced and that government had plans to extend the work beyond the present level.
He also expressed optimism that the project would be completed next year.In the area of the port master plan, he said that NPA have had several master plans at different times, but that with the present concession programmes which resulted in increased ship traffic, there was need to draw a new 25 years master plan.