NPA to upgrade facilities at Onne Ports – The Sun Nigeria
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has promised to upgrade facilities at Onne seaport to attract more customers and help decongest Lagos ports.
Mr. Muhammad Koko, Managing Director of NPA, made the pledge during a stakeholder meeting in Onne, Rivers on Friday.
According to Koko, the eastern ports will start attracting more customers to help refresh the government’s efforts to decongest Lagos ports.
He also said that all access roads to the port terminal would be given priority, adding that some major adjacent roads would be delivered within the next 10 months.
He, however, called for synergy between the different customs units to improve the rapid passage of customs-cleared shipments through the terminal.
The NPA boss said he was surprised by the truck bombs at the port premises, which does not represent good business prospects.
“I saw almost 20 trucks in the premises and it is not conducive to ease of doing business, every cleared shipment does not have to be stopped at the gate,” he said.
Koko further said that with the appointment of a new minister for the Niger Delta, the federal government has started working on the Oil-Mill and Onne axis of the east-west road to boost port business.
He gave the assurance to be sure to answer all the questions raised by the stakeholders during the meeting.
Some of the issues concerned the deployment of patrol boats to enhance port security.
Others aim to improve the communication signal and the overall procedure for the efficient and rapid delivery of shipments to the port of Onne.
Mr. Mike Ebeatu, President of the Association of Nigerian Customs Officers, also called for synergy between the various agencies operating at the port.
He said the multiple customs clearance procedures hampered the timely passage of shipments through the port.
Other shipping industry stakeholders have also denounced the poor state of the east-west road and urged the federal government to rehabilitate the roads to facilitate business at the Port of Onne. (NOPE)