By Onozure Dania
WARRI—THE Delta Seaports Stakeholders’ Association, DSSA, has thrown its weight behind ongoing reforms initiated by the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Miss Hadiza Usman, to ensure operational efficiency in the nation’s seaports.
DSSA said that the assertion by Miss Usman that there was need for review of the 10-year port concession agreement to enhance ease of doing business in Nigeria was not only commendable, but timely.
In a statement, Chairman, Board of Trustees, DSSA, Emiko Oghomienor, expressed optimism that the NPA boss’ assurance that her team was interfacing with other agencies to ensure improvement in the operational efficiency of the ports will result in increased patronage of Delta ports.
The statement said that Usman’s assertion that her administration was putting in place a National Single Window Project with a view to domiciling all operations, including Nigerian Customs and other agencies into one platform, was the right step to revitalise Nigerian ports.
According to the association, “The decision by the new NPA management under Usman to publish its tariffs on its website for easy access by the public, the resolve to ensure competitiveness and pricing in line with what is obtainable across the West African coast as well as other parts of Africa should be fully implemented.”
Stressing that the appropriate time for the review of concession agreements signed in the last decade was now, the statement said that terminal operators were keen to have the review “as there are areas that need to be looked at in 10 years post concession.”