By Godwin Oritse
In a bid to promote the activities of Terminal Operators in ports across the country, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has said that operators would be encouraged to take full participation in Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.
Speaking at ‘NPA’s Special Day’ at the just concluded Lagos International Trade Fair, Managing Director of the agency, Hadiza Bala Usman, said that the presence of the terminal operators in trade fair arena would enable them to showcase their activities to the numerous visitors to the fair and educate them on their services.
Hadiza who was represented by Alhaji Abubakar Umar, the Port Manager, Rivers Ports, also informed participants at the fair that the NPA has started aggressive efforts aimed at attaining the ISO 9001 compliance and certification in the nation’s seaports.
She expressed strong optimism that the attainment of the ISO 9001 certification will improve the financial performance of the Authority, ensure quick turnaround time, improved traffic and business process in the ports.
She disclosed that already the Management has directed all the relevant divisions and departments in the identified critical requirements needed to ensure the successful attainment of the project.
Speaking earlier on the president Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) represented by the Deputy President Toki Mabogunje informed the exhibitors that the chamber which was founded in 1888 is the “premier as well as the oldest chamber of commerce in Nigeria”
According to her, the primary objective was to promote support legislature or other policies affecting trade Industry, Commerce and Agriculture as well as represent the opinion of the business community on these matters and the economy as a whole.
It could be recall that under the current concession regime there are currently 26 terminal operators operating in the six seaports in the country. The terminal operators are responsible for the loading and off-loading of cargo in the ports.