By Seun Ibiyemi
In a bid to boost sanity within the ports industry, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has assured that the management of the authority would collaborate with all relevant stakeholders connected with safeguarding the nation’s territorial waters, despite the Authority’s budgetary limitation.
The Managing Director gave the assurance in Lagos recently, while exchanging views with the new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Western Naval Command Real Admiral Obed Habila Ngalabak who paid her a courtesy call in her Lagos office.
Hadiza stressed the need for the Nigerian Navy to partner the NPA in securing the nation’s waterway, within their jurisdiction considering the history of their evolution and their peculiar areas of operation.
She also assured the FOC that all issues of his focus, has brought to her attention through a Memorandum of Understanding (MU), to be submitted to her office and deliberation at the meeting, particularly the renovation and rehabilitation of the Takwa Bay would be considered appropriately.
Earlier in his address, Real Admiral Ngalabak informed the NPA Managing Director of the need to assist the Navy in taking a holistic reconstruction of the Takwa Bay, as it was facing the challenge of erosion, stressing the urgent need to adopt measures to avert an impending disaster being perpetuated by some unscrupulous elements at the Island.
Furthermore, he intimated the NPA with the fact that Nigerian Navy prides it self as the best dockyard in the region and subsequently sought mutual beneficial venture between NPA and the Navy, towards patronage of the Naval Dockyard.