From this week, theportalonline.com.ng commences a video documentary on the achievements of Hadiza Bala Usman in her four years as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Undoubtedly the seaport sector has witnessed tremendous change, stretching from the vast expansive and bustling seaports of Lagos to the eastern ports of Onne, Rivers, Port Harcourt and Warri.
Once lying dormant, stakeholders including royal fathers and business owners have testified of the breath of fresh air injected into the ports from the aggressive infrastructural investments made by the NPA.
The ports have of recent witnessed increased traffic and business since the NPA embarked on dredging the Escravos channel of the Warri port to allow for easy passage of vessels.
Hadiza would tell you that it is her desire that Nigerian seaports become the hub of business in Africa.
In line with this vision, she is aggressively promoting greater ease of doing business at the ports, the need to get port processes automated for faster cargo clearing and to get the port access roads in good condition for smooth traffic flow.
The NPA MD believes Nigeria needs to invest more in deep seaports to meet the needs of modern trade,
“Modern trade is conducted with large vessels and our existing seaports are unfortunately too small for such vessels to berth.
“The government is working hard to get the deep seaports at Lekki, Ibaka and others running so Nigeria can benefit more from global trade.”
It is on record that the NPA has collaborated with stakeholders and investors to increase the pace of work on the deep seaports, port access roads, port infrastructure and others.
To her, the best is not enough until the very best is achieved.