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Declare State Of Emergency On Port, Port Authority MD Asks FG

Hadiza Bala UsmanThe Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the Nigerian ports to accelerate ports infrastructure and intermodal transportation infrastructure development.
She made the call at the sustainability breakout session on ‘Unlocking Opportunities Through Infrastructure and Urban Development’ at the ongoing 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit, organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
She promised that the Calabar ports would soon be revamped to unlock agricultural export opportunities in the North Central and North East.
“There is need to declare state of emergency on intermodal transportation infrastructure to the ports. Declaring a state of emergency will ensure that every other permit and funds needed for the intermodal transport system to work will be given necessary attention, and with dispatch by all MDAs.”
The NPA boss said that it is unacceptable that about 80 percent of the cargo that came into and left our ports were carried by road, stressing the need for other means of transport to be activated to link the ports.
“We need to institute cargo evacuation system into and out of our ports. Right now, about 80 percent of the cargos that come into and leave our ports are carried by road. Since we don’t have credible cargo evacuation system in our ports, there will definitely be bad roads and congestions around our ports.
“The incessant utilization of the western ports–Tincan Island and the Apapa ports–has resulted to congestion at the ports. There is need for agencies of government like the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, to make other ports competitive.”[myad]