NPA MD hosts Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria…Discussions centre on port automation
Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko recently played host to the Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, Humphrey Geiseb, who was on a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of the authority.
Discussions at the meeting centred around current efforts by the Bello-Koko-led management of the NPA to upgrade Nigeria’s port infrastructure and automate port systems in line with the projection to make the nation’s seaports more efficient and user friendly.
Speaking during the visit, the Higher Commissioner commended the NPA MD on his commitment towards making Nigeria’s seaports globally competitive by improving infrastructure and working towards installing the Port Community System and Harbours Automation in conjunction with the International Maritime Organisation IMO.
He noted that the Nigeria, which plays dominant role in port management in West Africa has many things in common with Namibia, a southern African country, especially in the area of port structure as both countries run multiple seaport structure.
The NPA-boss, who commended the High Commissioner for finding time to felicitate with the management of the NPA, assured that the authority under his watch was willing to share ideas with the Namibian counterpart on port development, especially modern infrastructure and automation.
He also noted that the management is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to promote non-oil exports, upgrade port infrastructure, integrate and automate the port systems, build human capacity through training; with the overall objective of making Nigeria’s seaports efficient and globally competitive.