The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman has assured that issues of Safety and Security Standards would henceforth be prioritized in line with international best practices.
Hadiza indicated this during the official commissioning of Safety, Security Information and Operations Centre of the Lagos Ports Complex, at Apapa, reiterating the commitment of the Authority to lift the ports in terms of infrastructural development and rehabilitation, in a bid to achieve sustained enhancement of efficiency and the provision of an enabling environment for business in the Ports.
“The Centre is a facility developed for the purpose of providing prompt dissemination of information to all Ports users and the public in the Port Community”, Hadiza said.
She highlighted that the recently resuscitated Electronic Display Information Board at the entrance of the Port was an extension of the Safety, Information and Operations Centre which would provide information to all Stakeholders and the general public at all times.
Hadiza pointed out that the new facilities which includes the Customer Care Unit (CCU) would handle complaints and suggestions concerning the Port.
The stakeholders present, some of who delivered goodwill messages were the Vice Chairperson and Chief Executive Director of ENL Consortium, Dr. (Mrs) Vicky Haastrup, who appreciated the Managing Director and affirmed that the Port Manager, Mrs Aisha Ali-Ibrahim is a proactive goal getter who has really helped to improve the art of doing business in the LPC.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos Deep Offshore and Logistics (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi expressed her pride in the stride that Nigeria is making in the Maritime Industry, noting that very shortly, Nigeria would become not only the hub of Maritime activities in the West African sub-region, but indeed, in the entire continent.
In her closing remarks, the Port Manager LPC, Mrs. Aisha Ali-Ibrahim appreciated the presence of those in attendance, assuring that the Ports management would live up to expectations.
Those in attendance included the Executive Directors Marine and Operations, Dr Sekonte Huttin Davies and Engineering and Technical Services, Professor Idris Abubakar.