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FG Tasks Terminal Operators On Maintenance 

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Federal Government has said it would hold port terminal operators responsible for the maintenance of facilities across the ports.
The government stated this during the signing of a new concession agreement between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the terminal operators.
The agreement would also  compel operators to invest more in relevant equipment.
Managing Director, NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, disclosed this while giving an insight into the revised concession agreement with the five terminal operators whose concession agreements have expired and are desirous of renewal.
Emphasizing that the new agreement will factor in the port modernisation agenda of the Federal Government, Koko noted that the processes of renewal  in the  agreement of the five terminal operators that expired since 2021 would assuredly get a speedy process and conclusion.
He noted further that the 2006 agreement is outdated and the Federal Government will leverage on the current renewal processes to factor in the new realities of the modern port development agenda that will make the lessees more responsible for the maintenance of Quays, Fenders and allied matters such as port illumination.
“NPA is concluding discussions on the terms of the agreement and once that is sorted, the report will be sent to the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT), and the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ).
“The agreements were signed in 2006, and, while some have expired, some are still running.
“But, the expired ones are being renewed and what we are looking at is what will be in the best interest of the country.
“What was agreed in 2006 is no more tenable. The demands of the country and of the NPA are different from what they were in 2006.
“The Federal Government, through the NPA, is resolved to hold Terminal Operators more accountable under the new agreement, on maintenance as well as on deployment of modern equipment in sufficient quantity.
“Two of the expired leases have agreed to invest in the development of the Tin Can Island Port.
“The need to discuss with the other terminal operators whose leases have not expired became important since development will entail the whole berth.
“It is these fine details that are being worked on, but I believe within the month, they will be finalized and sent to Federal Ministry of Transport (FMOT), Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ), BPE, and ICRC accordingly”.
The MD said, the NPA management under his leadership will continue to uphold global best practices and ensure the best deal is secured for Nigeria.
He said the new agreement will ensure that the operators are held accountable for their commitment to invest in port infrastructure to ensure efficiency.
On the whole, the renewal of these leases has afforded NPA the opportunity to take a closer look at the Port Modernization project of the government, and preliminary agreements.

Together the renewal documents will be communicated to the Federal Ministry Of Transportation in a few day’s’ time, he explained.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Nine Ships With Frozen Fish, Others Arrive  Eastern Ports, Today 

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) weekly shipping position says  nine ships with various cargos will arrive Eastern ports today to discharge cargoes
The ships, expected to berth at Rivers Port Complex, Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar Port’s, are laden with Frozen Fish (FF), Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Bulk Wheat, and In ballast.
Other cargos in the manifest includes, Raw Sugar in Bulk, Float Glass and Gypsum in Bags.
This was contained in  NPA’s weekly shipping manifest issued to The Tide Newspaper, in Port Harcourt.
The manifest also listed the agents for the vessels as Ocean Glory, JFDOR, Akathon and AMCO.
Other Agents include, AIS, Blue seas, Maylon Ports Services and White Waters
The Shipping Position gave the names of the Ships as Elizabeth G Spirit, Lausu, Virgo 1, Lila and SFL Yukon.
Other ships expected today include, Orange ICE, Riser Anne, Stellar and SFL Hudson.
NPA said the arrival of PMS, Frozen Fish and Raw Sugar in Bags would create ready markets for marketers ahead of Yuletide celebration in the region.
It further noted that the arrival of the ships would enhance maritime activities in the Ports and create casual jobs for youths.

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Buhari To Inaugurate Lekki Deep Sea Port, Jan

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Following the completion of the $1.5 billion Lekki Deep Seaport, President Muhammadu Buhari will officially inaugurate the Port in January 2023 for commercial and maritime activities
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, diclosed this  at a recent bi-annual Non-Oil Export Summit held in Lagos.
The Governor said the State government will continue to provide the space and opportunities for businesses to thrive.
He said work on the Lekki Deep Seaport had been completed and that the project would be inaugurated by the President in January 2023.
Sanwo Olu said when inaugurated, the facility will provide enormous opportunities for exporters to ply their trade and improve the export earnings of the country, especially in the non-oil sector.
He urged stakeholders to continue to promote a public-private partnership that will drive growth.
He further noted that the landlocked countries of Chad, Mali and Niger Republic have indicated interest of routing their cargoes through Nigeria, when the the Lekki Deep Seaport begins operation.

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NPA Wants Hoodlums Out Of Takwa Bay Facility

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has called on the military to flush out any suspected hoodlum from Takwa Bay facility in Lagos.
The Authority said  Takwa Bay facility legally belonged to NPA, but was handed over to the military for training and operational exercises.
The Authority expressed regrets over illegal activities by hoodlums at the facility
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko, stated this when he received the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, in his office in Marina.
Koko said the property has been abandoned by the military and taken over by hoodlums who use it for illicit activities.
He assured NPA’s commitment to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and the military high command towards protecting lives and property at the nation’s seaports.
He said NPA has, over the years, enjoyed cordial working relationship with the Nigerian Army whenever the need to maintain law and order at the port arises.
Speaking at the event, General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, thanked NPA for the collaboration and noted that he assumed duties three months ago.
“I assumed duties three months ago. I felt that as part of our training, we should visit installations in my environment and one of them happens to be the NPA.
“My men are ready to carry out our responsibilities of protecting lives and property at all times”, he stated.
Ajunwa also said the military will engage other government agencies to curtail the illegal activities of hoodlums at Takwa Bay.
He said his men regularly raid the facility to curtail criminal activities.

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