By Godwin Oritse
THE Nigerian Ports Authority has commenced moves to conclude review of concession agreements with terminal operators by May this year even as the Shippers’ Association of Lagos State, SALS has called on the agency to expedite action of the review.
Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadeza Bala Usman disclosed this yesterday while speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, assuring that the review of port concession agreements would be concluded by May 2018.
It will be recalled that some terminal operators got their concession agreements extended before it expired, a development the current management had frowned at and promised to review.
Usman explained that before a concession can be extended, the existing agreement must have met certain criteria for it to be extended adding that no due diligence was conducted to determine whether or not these criteria were met or not.
Besides, the House Committee on Marine Transport, headed by Dr Patrick Asadu also frowned at the way and manner the concession agreements were extended without following due process.
But, President of SALS, Rev. Jonathan Nicole, in an interview with Vanguard on the sidelines of the meeting said that the terminal operators are not predictable and the NPA should think twice before renewing their concession agreements.
It will be recalled that the House Committee had indicted the immediate past management of the NPA of conniving with the terminal operators and some government departments to effect the concession agreement.
“We will not sweep this under the carpet as the former Managing Director lied to us when we confronted him with the allegation.
“We may have to order for his arrest over this matter”