The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh has expressed the readiness of the Bureau to collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for a sustained development of the maritime industry.
Okoh who stated this when he received the Managing Director of the NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman in Abuja said that this has become necessary in order to enhance efficiency and service delivery at Nigerian ports.
A statement by BPE’s Head, Public Communications, Chukwuma Nwokoh said the chief executives reviewed the maritime industry and agreed on the framework for evaluation of the ports concession agreements. They also discussed the infrastructural challenges at the ports and the ways to address them.
Okoh stated that the Bureau would constantly liaise with the NPA to ensure that the concessionaires keep to the terms of the covenants they signed with the government and also to ensure that the agreements that are due for review are done expeditiously.
Both expressed optimism that the Reform Bills, especially the Ports and Harbour Bill and National Transport Commission Bill which are currently receiving attention at the National Assembly, would optimize operations at the ports. The two bills when enacted would strengthen the technical and economic regulatory framework in the maritime industry.
In her remarks, NPA MD, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, explained that synergy between both agencies would ensure an all-encompassing review process of the ports concession agreements.