The continued diversion
of ships that were meant for the Ports and Terminal Operators Nigeria Limited (PTOL) terminal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to another terminal has been described as unfair and a deliberate attempt to undermine the competence of the terminal.
The Managing Director of the Terminal, Mrs. Elizabeth Ovbude disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting organised by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Management to critically re-appraise the relationship and activities of the authority and its concessionaires held in Lagos, recently.
Ovbude said the diversion had also truncated the overall efficiency, productivity and economic growth of the terminal, adding that the trend had been on since about three years ago.
She further hinted that despite its challenges, the PTOL was doing its utmost best to conform and comply with all the terms of the agreement reached with the NPA, but that the consistent transfer to other terminals of ships that were to discharge their cargoes has been unfortunate and deliberate attempt to kill the PTOL
The Managing Director demanded an immediate answer from the management of NPA as she was deeply worried over the development.
“I have tried to comply with all the obligations of a lease, yet this unfairness had continued. Please tell me who wants to kill the PTOL”, she demanded.
Although, our correspondent reported that none of the management of NPA, including one Mr. David Omonibeke, a management staff of the authority, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Hassan Bello who represented the minister of transport, Senator Idris Umar, among others could respond to her demand.
The meeting was attended by NPA major stakeholders in the Nigerian Maritime Industry, particularly the Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN), the truck operators, representatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Police among others.