Maritime transport policy key to unlocking blue economy potentials, says Usman

  • Bala-Usman

The huge potentials and vast opportunities in the nation’s blue economy wait on the much anticipated National Maritime Transport Policy, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, has said.

According to Usman, such well-articulated policy would support local content development, create good value jobs and attract highly impacting direct foreign investments within the context of the Federal Government’s economic growth and sustainability agenda.

Bala-Usman, who participated in the stakeholders’ validation workshop on the policy, said “we look forward to a policy with clear standard operating procedures (SOPs) that would guide our various operations, that would be strengthened by critical legal framework and legislation from the National Assembly.

“The policy should engender a competitive maritime domain with clear rules on institutional governance, service capacity and accountability,” a statement from the agency’s Corporate and Strategic Communications Department quoted her to say.

She called for greater synergy and collaboration between the public and private sector stakeholders to advance the interest of the nation’s maritime industry.

Speaking on the agency’s recently launched electronic call-up system for trucks, Bala-Usman explained that “the web application would control the movement of trucks in and out of the ports in an orderly and safe manner, on a first come, first served basis.”

She listed the benefits to accrue from it to the sector and the country to include quick truck turnaround time, reduction in port cost, transparent traffic management system and, above all, a business-friendly and globally competitive port system in Nigeria.

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