NPA Takes Oyetola on Tour of Lekki Sea Port, Minister Expresses Shock at 6,000 Abandoned Cargoes

NPA Takes Oyetola on Tour of Lekki Sea Port, Minister Expresses Shock at 6,000 Abandoned Cargoes

  • The Nigerian Ports Authority has taken the new minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Gboyega Oyetola, on a tour of the Leeki Deep Sea Port
  • The NPA's managing director, Mohammed Bello Koko, told the minister that the port has some of the best facilities in the world
  • Oyetola expressed shock at the facilities available at the port and promised the ministry's support

The managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko, accompanied the Marine and Blue Economy minister, Gboyega Oyetola, on a Lekki Deep Sea Port tour on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

The tour was to leverage the competitive advantage of the port in attaining a high maritime hub status in Africa.

Oyetola, Marine Ministry. Mohammed Bello Koko
Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Gboyega Oyetola Credit: National Archives
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Lekki Sea Port equipped with best facilities in Africa

The NPA boss said the port contains distinctive features like automation, drive-through scanners, and Super Post-Panamax size and store cranes, among others, and are built for rapid cargo and vessel turnaround clearance to boost the competitiveness of Nigeria's exports, especially agro products in the international markets.

The NPA recently acquired and deployed two Azimuth Stern Drives, the first in Africa meant to equip the Lekki Port to provide marine services.

Oyetola shocked at facilities at Lekki port

Oyetola expressed delight at the world-class facilities on the ground at the Lekki Port and pledged the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy's commitment to ensure that the opportunities for national prosperity inherent in Lekki Deep Seaport are maximally utilised.

According to reports, the visit to Lekki Port, which is the second within a week by the new minister to NPA platforms, is coming on the heels of the tour of Lagos and TinCan Island port complexes, which signposts the importance of the Nigerian Ports Authority in actualising President Ahmed Bola Tinubu's vision for national prosperity.

The minister also lamented that about 6,000 cargoes are languishing at various ports in Nigeria, which would be auctioned to the general public.

Daily Trust reports that the minister made the remark while responding to questions from reporters on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, during his week-long tour of agencies under his ministry in the Lagos area.

NPA inaugurates modern control towers for Lagos port complexes reported that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has inaugurated brand new, modern control towers for port complexes in Lagos.

NPA said the commissioning of the control towers signifies its commitment to improving efficiency via bold infrastructure and equipment renewal.

The NPA stated that safety and security constitute the essential operational preconditions needed to realise its strategic goal of becoming the maritime logistics hub for ports in Africa.


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