Ports now more efficient with FG’s reform, ICRC says

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC)Nigerian ports were now witnessing more efficiency following the reforms of the Federal Government.
The Acting Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Chidi Izuwah, said this during an inspection tour of facilities of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), in Rivers state.
He said that the policy of Federal Government on port reform was meeting its targets, which included increased efficiency and reducing cost of services to port users.
Izuwah said that there was now more competition in the provision of services adding that Nigerian ports were fast becoming the hub of international shipping trade in the West and Central African sub-region.
He said that the aim of the inspection was to ensure that the mandate of ICRC with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) was in compliance and to ensure competent execution of all PPP contracts. He said that this was in line with the terms and conditions of such contracts.
“We are here to know if the regulatory policies put in place by Federal Government is working or not, we want to know of the issues or challenges being faced here,’’ he said.
The Acting DG harped on the need for more and better security, stressing that without security in the water ways and land, the set goals on those policies would not be achieved.
“Investors can only go to cities or countries where their business will thrive, not where they are afraid of their lives and properties,” Izuwah said. He called on all Nigerians to join in the campaign for peace and security in all communities and states to make the economy grow.
He commended the efforts of NPA Port Harcourt in taking positive steps towards ensuring that the obligations, as specified in the contract, were met. Izuwah also applauded the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari for putting policies in place to ensure investors go about their businesses without unnecessary hitches.
Abubakar Umar, the Manager of NPA, Port Harcourt, said that there had been improvement in the services and activities at the port. Umar stated that the port had recorded more success, since the year 2016 till date.
“The port has been busy, with cargoes coming in, since 2016 than we used to have. More containers and cargoes now come in through this port. He also harped on the need for more security on the water ways.
“Yes, there have been improvement in our activities in the port and it’s a great improvement but not to say that there have not been challenges. “We have so many challenges facing us on daily bases, which has to do with security of our worker, hijacking of vessels, dragging of the port, piracy and many more,’’ he said.
He said that efforts had been put in place to tackle most of the challenges, adding that the port had blocked areas of leakages, recorded increased revenue and recovered some debts.

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