Onne Port vessel traffic improves, says NPA

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The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko, has disclosed that Onne Port has witnessed increased vessel traffic.

Bello-Koko said this recently in Lagos during the inauguration of the newly acquired security boats by NPA.

He also said that the agency would continue to push towards growing the fortune of eastern ports.

Onne Port Complex situated on the Bonny River Estuary along Ogu Creek, is the first port in Nigeria to operate the Landlord Port Model devised to encourage private sector participation in the maritime industry.

Bello-Koko said, “Onne Port has recently witnessed increased vessel traffic; we cannot rest on our laurels. We will continue to push the advocacy and galvanise stakeholder opinion towards growing the fortunes of the Eastern Ports.”

Bello-Koko noted that the newly acquired security boats would increase vessel traffic to the eastern ports.

“I am especially delighted to say that these security patrol boats position us to achieve our set goal of driving increased vessel traffic to the eastern ports of Onne, Rivers, Warri, and Calabar Port Complexes, where four of the vessels commissioned have been allocated,” Bello-Koko said.

He stated the distinctive features and multiple functionalities of those marine crafts and the game-changing effect they bring to bear.

“Our security preparedness and capacity to respond to emergent threats are enormous. I have chosen to refrain from mentioning those superlatives here because of the security implications of doing so.

“Our profound appreciation also goes to our highly valued security partners; the Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, the DSS and the Lagos State Government, whose collaborations continue to enhance our ability to detect, deter and respond to security threats and incidents before they fester,” the NPA boss declared.

He remarked that the event was a testament to the agency’s commitment to continuous improvement in the journey towards transforming, “our strategic intent of becoming the maritime logistics hub for sustainable ports services in Africa from potential to actualities”.

Source: The Punch

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