By Ambrose Okehi
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured Nigerians, particularly the maritime stakeholders and the entire shipping community that agency fast developing in its operations and infrastructures in line with advanced technology in order to meet up with world best practice.
The authority also said that it is fast developing its own simulators to ensure that it train its own staff instead of sending them abroad thereby wasting the country’s hard earned money abroad.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman stated this at the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos recently.
The MD who was represented at the event by the Executive Director Marine and Operations, Mr. Sekonte Davies.
According to the the MD:
”You know, because NPA understands the importance of technology and that is why we have what we call the 3CR, which now enables us to have eyes without people going there. It right now at the NPA’s headquarters at Marina, Lagos.
This is to reiterate the importance of technology in an economic development of a nation.”
And one other thing we are doing, we are already on the process of ensuring Wreck Insurance. Because we have seen that our water are littered with what we called abandoned wrecks. And you know, like someone said, if these things are properly harnessed, it is going to enhance our economy. But they are properly harnessed. Sometimes we realise that people bring vessels that are even older than their age. Now they begin to create problems for us. So this what we are trying to do at NPA. Furthermore, in order not to send our pilots outside the country.