Seaport terminal concessionaires may get their much desired review of agreements “within the shortest possible time” as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed that a committee to liaise with representatives of the terminal operators has been set up to that end.
Usman assured that the agency would provide an enabling environment for efficient port services, even as she vowed that very soon, all concessionaires who do not quickly remit their outstanding dues would be penalised.
She told a quarterly meeting with maritime industry stakeholders in Lagos that the NPA has machinery in place to ensure level play field for operators, and would ensure strict adherence to the latter, according to a statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr. Abdullahi Goje.
However, she flayed shipping companies and terminal operators who connive to litter the roads with empty containers in the guise of having a holding bay, adding that organisations which refuse to obey rules guiding these directives after a week would be sanctioned.
Even so, the NPA said it has already sanctioned two shipping companies, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hull Blyth Shipping Company, for not having holding bays for their empty containers.
Earlier, the Port Manager of Lagos Ports Complex (LPC), Aisha Ibrahim, said the meeting was a platform for NPA and its stakeholders to discuss the challenges to operational efficiency, adding that efforts were in top gear to continually provide succor through palliatives on the ports roads until permanent solutions are applied.