Written by Godfrey Bivbere
The Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, should cede its shipyard to the Nigerian Maritime Administration Agency, NIMASA, to host the Agency’s modular floating port.
The Executive Director of the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, who revealed this in Lagos when NIMASA Director General Bashir Jamoh visited the NPA headquarters, stressed the need to promote local dry while maximum capacity by placing a continental shipyard NPAs available to the Agency as preferred locations.
She said the NPA will enter into an agreement with NIMASA on the handover of shipyards, piers and warehouses within the area to facilitate the installation of a modular floating dock.
According to her, “We believe that a floating port is an integral part of the maritime sector. We commend NIMASA for initiating this, and the NPA will continue to provide the necessary support as it relates to the aspect of our stake in the SPV led by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC. “
She added, “As it is, the NPA has confirmed and reiterated that it will support and hand over these facilities in the next few weeks to enable NIMASA to conclude the movement of the modular floating port from the shipyard to the continental shipyard.
“This is a very welcome development for the sector and we look forward to sponsoring and using the kindergarten boat for our vessels and other government agency vessels.”
The head of NIMASA said earlier that the modular floating port remained, noting that they had concluded arrangements for its deployment and operation.
The commissioning date will be announced soon.
According to yesterday’s statement by NIMASA’s head of corporate communications Philip Kyanet, Jamoh assured maritime stakeholders that the modular floating dock of the Agency is in the deployment process.
The statement quoted Jamoh as saying: “We have concluded arrangements for its deployment and operation. The commissioning date will be announced soon.
“There is a need for the engagement of management partners and the Regulatory Commission for Infrastructure Concession, the ICRC is in charge of the way of work and public-private partnership, PPP arrangement.
“You heard from the NPA doctor of medicine, in the next few weeks the Continental shipyard will be ready to house a floating dock. The second aspect is the question of labor; we obtained ICRC approval and were instructed to move on to the Federal Executive Council.
“As far as we are concerned, the confirmation of certain aspects of the operations will be done at the same time. While seeking the approval of the Federal Executive Council, the issue of the managing partner will be considered and a Declaration of Interest will be published. So, we are ready to go. ”
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