The anticipated National Maritime Transport Policy would provide robust operational guidelines for the unlocking of the enormous opportunities in the nation’s blue economy, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman has said.

Bala-Usman who spoke on the side-line of a stakeholders’ review of the draft of the National Maritime Transport Policy last Thursday in Lagos said, a well planned and workable policy will support local content development and create good value jobs even as it would attract high-impacting direct foreign investments.

Her words;

”We look forward to a policy with clear Standard Operating Procedures that will guide our various operations, and that will be strengthened by critical legal framework 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.

The Managing Director   called for mutual collaboration between the public and private sector, stakeholders to advance the interest of the maritime industry in the country.

She listed some of the benefits that would come to the sector and the country through a call-up system, to include quick truck turnaround and reduction in port cost.

Others are transparent traffic management system and a business friendly and globally competitive port system in Nigeria.

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