The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, has urged the National Assembly to work out a legal framework and legislation for the recently formulated National Maritime Transport with a view to giving it the much required teeth.

Managing  Director of the authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, who spoke in Lagos at the weekend, also noted that the new policy framework should have clear rules on institutional governance and standard operating procedures SOPs that would guide the various operations of stakeholders.

While describing the policy as the key to unlock the huge potential and vast opportunities in the nation’s blue economy, she argued that its core objectives might not be achieved without legal framework, clear governance rules and SOPs.

“We look forward to a policy with clear standard operating procedures SOPs that would guide our various operations, that would be strengthened by critical legal frame work and legislation from the National Assembly.

“The policy  should engender a competitive maritime domain with clear rules on institutional governance, service capacity and accountability”, she said.

 According to her, a well articulated National Maritime Transport Policy would support local content development, create good value jobs and attract high impacting direct foreign investments within the context of the Federal Government’s Economic Growth and Sustainability agenda.

The NPA-boss who, who played key roles in the formation of the policy as well as workshop on its validation by the stakeholders hosted by the Federal Ministry of Transport, also called for greater synergy and collaboration between the public and private sector stakeholders to advance the interest of the maritime industry in Nigeria.

On the recently launched Electronic Call–Up System for Trucks , ETO, by the authority, she said: “the web application would control the movement of trucks in and out of the ports in an orderly and safe manner, on a first come, first serve basis.”

She listed some of the benefits that would accrue to the sector and the country to include, quick truck turnaround time, reduction in port cost, transparent traffic management system and above all;  a business friendly and globally competitive port system in the country.