All seaports in Nigeria are being repositioned as efficient and reliable gateways to optimise Nigeria’s trade interconnectivity with other countries under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, says Mohammed Bello-Koko, Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The NPA acting Managing Director disclosed that NPA has prioritized the expansion and improvement of port infrastructure, including ICT and security systems, in order to significantly bring down transportation costs of Nigeria’s trade within the continent and globally.
Mohammed Bello-Koko’s representative, Hon. Onari Brown, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, said this in a goodwill message at the maiden edition of the Nigerian International Maritime Summit (NIMS) which was held recently in Lagos.
“Given the urgency with which the new vistas of opportunity of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement beckons, the Authority is eager for actionable ideas and synergistic partnerships that the summit promises to deliver.
“The promotion of the African Union agenda of well-interconnected and integrated networks of transport infrastructure to boost opening of markets and increase intra-regional trade will serve to complement our ongoing aggressive efforts at attaining seamless port hinterland connectivity through multi-modalism,” Bello-Koko said.
He assured industry stakeholders and port users of the unwavering commitment of the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority under his watch to effectively address all the identified bottlenecks in port operations and harness the opportunities AfCFTA avails especially in the area of non-oil export trade.