The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday urged Stakeholders in maritime sector to key into the federal government economic diversification programmes.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman made the called at commissioning of four new tug boats valued at $30 million acquired by the authority to boost operational efficiency.
The boats christened Mt. Daura, Mt. Ubima, Mt. Uromi and Mt. Majiya, are expected to sustain boost revenue profile of the Federal Government.
Usman explained that commissioning of the tug boats are intended to assist NPA in meeting Stakeholder’s expectations.
According to her, NPA is fulfilling its obligations to manage the 13.5 metres Lagos Channels as part of measures to address challenges in the Port business.
She said: “This is indeed a milestone in the efforts to improve Port efficiency, safety of navigation and in order to boost the good fortune of the Organization and the community at large”.
According to her, NPA partnership with LCM has helped to bring the depth of the channels to more than 13.5 metres.
She explained that the biggest of the WAFMAX series of vessels will soon call at the Lagos Ports.
Usman stated functions of the boats helps bigger vessels attain easy maneuvering and berthing at the quays, as the pilot takes the vessels through.
Senator (Mrs) Binta Masi Garba in a goodwill message commended NPA on the 4 tug boats acquisition.
She said the National Assembly would do everything to support what the NPA is doing since it would help to improve the economy of the nation especially under the present situation.
Also, President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mrs Adenike Akande maintained that Nigerian women are doing well, commended the NPA MD for achieving so much within a short period.
Photo Caption: Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Board Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (5th left); The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (5th right) with other top dignitaries at the commissioning of Four (4) new tug boats at NPA Dockyard, Apapa, Lagos.