The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that the tariffs charged at ports would be reviewed upward and downward in order to encourage competition and more ship traffic to the seaports.
Managing Director of the authority, Hadiza Usman, said at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos that government could not afford to let the nation’s traffic be taken away by the neighbouring ports.
To this end, she said that the management of the authority would ensure operational efficiency in all the ports in order to attract more business into the country.
Usman added that NPA would prioritise port community system through the single window. Also, the managing director said that the issue of security at the water front would be addressed.
Usman said: “Our vision is transparency and efficiency; we will demystify our operations.
There will be no subjectivity as we implement our policies and we will ensure that there is clean financial process.”
She added that NPA would work with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development on standards to boost exports at port.
Usman also assured the stakeholders that there would be more capital spending on infrastructure. She stressed the need to link the port with rail lines in order to fast track cargo movement from the port to the hinterland.
“We would work faster on port access roads rehabilitation”, she said