MR ALEX Okoh, Director-
General, Bureau of Public
Enterprises (BPE), has pledged
to work with the Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA) for a sustained
development of the maritime
industry.
A statement by Mr
Chukwuma Nwokoh, Head
of Communications, BPE, in
Abuja said that Okoh gave the
assurance when the Managing
Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza
Usman, paid him a courtesy
visit.
Okoh also said that the
collaboration was necessary to
enhance efficiency and service
delivery at Nigerian ports.
According to Oko, BPE will
constantly liaise with NPA to
ensure that the concessionaires
keep to the terms of covenants
signed with government.
The director-general said
it would also ensure that
agreements due for review were
done expeditiously. Usman,
in her remarks, explained
that synergy between both
agencies would ensure an allencompassing
review process
of the ports’ concession
agreements.
She stressed the strategic
position of the maritime sector
in the nation’s economy and
its enormous prospects for the
economic growth of the country.
According to her, the interagency
collaboration is one sure
way of harnessing the potential
of the two organisations.
Nwokoh said the two chief
executives used the occasion to
review the maritime industry
and agreed on the framework
for the evaluation of the ports’
concession agreements. The
head, Communications also said
Okoh and Usman discussed the
infrastructural challenges at the
ports and ways to address them.
The two chief executives
expressed optimism that the
Reform Bills, especially the
Ports and Harbour Bill and
National Transport Commission
Bill receiving attention at the
National Assembly, would
optimise operations at the ports.
They also hoped that the two
bills, when passed into law by
the President, would strengthen
the technical and economic
regulatory framework in the
maritime industry. Last month,
the House of Representatives
passed the National Transport
Commission Bill.
The bill will provide efficient
economic regulatory framework
for the transport sector,
mechanism for monitoring
compliance of government
agencies, transport service
providers and users in the
regulated transport industry
with relevant legislation. It
will also guide government on
matters relating to economic
regulation of the regulated
transport industry, when passed
into law as well.

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