The Honorable Minster of Transportation, Rt. Hon.Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has commissioned two tug boats; MT Musawa and MT Ikoro-Ekiti in line with Government’s desire at sustaining the ease of doing business at the Nations Sea Ports.
Addressing stakeholders at the unveiling ceremony in Lagos on Friday, Amaechi stated that the Federal Government was determined to stimulate greater operational efficiency at the nation’s seaports as the maritime sector was critical to the growth of the economy.
A statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, Nigerian Ports Authority, Jatto Adams, quoted the minister as saying that the government was poised to develop the maritime sector, saying that it occupied a fundamental place in the actualization of the Economy and Recovery Growth Plan of Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He added that the government had concluded plans to link all the seaports in Nigeria to rail network in order to facilitate trade across board.
The honorable minister commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, acknowledging its efforts to reposition the ports to achieve a competitive edge.
The Chairman, Board of Directors, NPA, Chief Akin Ricketts, said the commissioning of the tug boats marked another landmark in government quest to provide world class services at the nation’s seaports. He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck in prioritizing the critical sustenance of the seaports as a great contributor to the growth of the national economy.
In her remarks, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman told stakeholders that the management of the authority was committed to continuous upgrade of facilities and equipment so as to enhance greater service delivery amidst optimal performance.
She gave the assurance that the shipping community will have effective collaboration in the aspiration that the nation’s shipping community joins the comity of nations.
The MD NPA appreciated vast encouragement from the presidency, federal executive council, and the honorable minister of transportation.
She said, “While the management navigates the dictates of repositioning the authority along lines of best practices “Let me thank President Muhammadu Buhari and every members of the federal executive council for their support in making this a reality.
“Likewise, I must express our gratitude to the honorable minster of transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi for his unceasing encouragement towards improving operational efficiency at the ports.”