Members of the Board of Directors of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have pledged to give equal opportunities to all concessionaires operating in the Nation’s seaport.
This assurance was given by the Board members at a meeting they held with the management of the Brawal Oil Servicing Limited at Onne as part of their working tour of the Eastern Ports in Port Harcourt.
This is not only to ensure that the Authority is seen as being fair in its dealings but to allow the concessionaires contribute their quota to the growth and development of the nation’s marmite sector.
While urging the concessionaires to adhere strictly to the terms of their lease agreement, the Board members enjoined them to always forward any grievances they might have in their areas of operation to the management of Nigerian Ports Authority or the Board for resolution rather than resorting to legal action.
The Board members who were at the meeting after a tour of the Brawal operational area included Senator Florence Ita Giwa,Senator Lekan Mustapha,Alhaji Aminu Baba Dan Agindi, Alhaji Mohammed Abana Gidado and the Nigerian Ports Authority Executive Director of Marine and Opinions, Engr. David Omonibeke as well as that of Engineering and Technical services Dr. Sani Salem.
Senator Ita Giwa assured that the Board will work with the concessionaires to ensure that the nation’s seaports attain their optimum potential as well as ensure the realisation of the concessioning objective.
Speaking during the visit, the Brawal Legal and Commercial Manager, Chief Christopher Odili, appealed to the Board members to ensure fairness to the concessionaires in their dealing with them while assuring them of a cordial working relationship.
The Board members also paid a working tour of operational areas of INTEL Nig Ltd in both the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) and Federal Lighter Terminal (FLT) and were introduced to the management of the company led by General Manager Mr JahanCoetzer.
At the interactive meeting the Board members were given detailed briefing of the activities of the company since its establishment in the 1970’s and its contributions in servicing the Oil and Gas sector as a strategic regional maritime hub as well as the future development plans of the company.