Members of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Board were at the Warri Port last week on assessment with a view to transforming it into a world-class entity. They were shocked at the level of decay of the once-vibrant port. Board Chairman Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye and NPA Managing Director Ms Hadiza Bala Usman said they were not happy with the poor state of the port and promised to make it contrubute meaningfully to national economy.
The Warri port serves Edo, Delta, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), among others. Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum jointly addressed by Adesoye and Usman, the operators told them that the past management of the authority failed to provide some essential tools to make the port viable.
The duo allayed the fear of the operators that the port would be abandoned and assured them of their determination to boost its operations. A senior official of one of the terminals at the port, who craved anonymity, said the authority has a lot of job to do in terms of port development and revenue generation. Read more