From left: MD NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko presents a plaque to the President of Nigeria Chamber of Shipping, Andy Isichei during the visit.

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko led other top management of the authority to play host to the executive council of the Nigeria Chamber of Shipping NCS, who came on a one-day working visit.

President of the chamber, Andy Isichei, who led other executive members of the chamber to the Marina, Lagos headquarters of the NPA, said the purpose of the visit was to synergise with the management of the NPA in its efforts to make the ports more efficient and user-friendly.

He commended the MD, Bello-Koko for his purposeful leadership and resolve to automate the port systems, especially with the proposed introduction of the Port Community System being implemented in conjunction with the International Maritime Organisation IMO.

MD, NPA, Mohammed Bello Koko (6th left), President, NCS, Andy Isichei (7th left), NPA ED, Finance and Administration, Ms. Aderenle Adesina (5th left), ED, Marine and Operations, Onari Brown and General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru (extreme right) as well as other senior officers of NPA and NSC during the visit recently.

Speaking during the visit, the NPA MD, thanked the chamber for choosing to identify with the authority, adding that the support and cooperation of every stakeholder was crucial for the success of all the reform programmes being carried out by the authority.

He also assured that the management of NPA under his watch would continue with its programme of renewing and modernising port infrastructure as well as automating the habours and port operating systems, which he believes is a sure way of attaining a globally acceptable level of efficiency for Nigeria’s seaports.