The Lagos State Government says it has commenced renovation work on six jetties across the metropolis along with construction of a ferry terminal in Badagry to meet current demand for water transportation in the state.
General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Mr Damilola Emmanuel, disclosed this during an interview on the Lagos Traffic Radio to highlight some achievements of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration after 600 days in office.
According to the LASWA GM, Liverpool, Ebute Ero, Bayeku, Mile 2, Ijegun Egba, and Oke Ira-Nla Jetties are currently being renovated with an additional new terminal at Badagry, to cater for water transportation needs of the citizenry especially those in the coastal communities.
A statement by the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Bolanle Ogunlola, quoted the LASWA boss as saying the state government had also commenced channelisation of water routes for boats to glide safely, adding that Ilaje Bariga and Ojo/Badagry channels were being dredged.
Emmanuel also explained that the agency would focus more on safety on the waterways through constant campaigns on the importance of life jackets, stressing that it was vital for survival in any emergency by keeping riders safely afloat for rescue.
He appealed to the citizenry to desist from dumping waste on the roads and bridges during traffic, noting that such filth coud destroy aquatic life, pollute the water and the environment.
Speaking further on the menace of water pollution, he affirmed that LASWA was working with the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to bring a lasting solution to the problem of illegal refuse dump and hygiene campaigns at coastal communities in the course of the year.
He said the Sanwo-Olu-led administration would work assiduously to achieve its vision of multi-modal transportation, especially in the water transport sector as a viable alternative.
Emmanuel said they were working to add seven new ferries to the existing 14.
NPA partners UK to improve port security, cargo operations
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is set to partner with the United Kingdom Border Force to improve security at all seaports in the country.
According to NAN, Olaseni Alakija, general manager, corporate & strategic communications of NPA, disclosed this on Friday.
The Border Force (BF) is a law-enforcement command responsible for frontline border control operations at air, sea and rail ports in the United Kingdom.
Alakija quoted Mohammed Bello-Koko, NPA’s acting managing director, to have said the partnership was also aimed at facilitating the legitimate movement of persons and goods in and out of the country.
The partnership covers security measures, coordination, information sharing and joint operations to check persons or activities that might cause harm to operations and investments, Bello-Koko said.
He described the collaboration with the UK Border Force as a “strategic relationship” with long term economic benefits to Nigeria and to Britain.
“The collaboration with the NPA entails the establishment of an Electronic Cargo Targeting System, a Joint Port Control Unit and a Mobile Task Force,” he said.
“It comes with the capacity to enhance the work of Nigerian law enforcement agencies operating within the nation’s maritime domain by providing real-time data and business arterial intelligence tools.
“Furthermore, the partnership will foster critical and sustainable capacity building and manpower development.
“It will prioritise the acquisition, deployment and utilisation of resources sensitive to threats and issues related to maritime security.’’
According to the NPA boss, the partnership will seek to safeguard shipping and cargo traffic, improve intelligence gathering and deepen revenue from maritime trade.
In his remarks, Kris Hawksfield, regional operations manager, West Africa, UK Border Force, commended NPA for providing a safe environment for port services in the country.
Hawksfield said he was optimistic that the partnership would enhance Nigeria’s border management capabilities.
He said that it included strengthening the capacity of border law enforcement agencies to protect revenue; to disrupt criminal activities like money laundering, drugs, human trafficking and terrorism.
Hawksfield said other benefits were a decrease in incidences of illicit trade in and out of the country, as well as better compliance to trade laws.
He said this would culminate in improved performance of Nigerian ports and increase the country’s global reputation.
NPA moves to decongest Apapa, begins electronic truck call-up
The Nigerian Ports Authority says it has commenced an electronic call-up system of trucks entering the Lagos ports to address the truck congestion in Apapa.
A statement signed by the Assistant General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications at the NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru, said henceforth, management of truck movement and access to and from the Apapa and Tin-Can ports would be guided by ETO.
The statement read in part, “As part of efforts aimed at finding a permanent solution to the problem of truck congestion around Apapa and its environs, the authority is pleased to announce the commencement of ETO, the Electronic Truck call-up system designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa, Lagos.
“All trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the ETO application.
“The ETO application will be responsible for the scheduling, entry and exit of all trucks into the ports with effect from 27th February 2021.
“Therefore, all transporters, trucks owners and truck drivers will be required to download the ETO App from Google play store or sign up at http://eto.ttp.com.ng before the commencement date to enable them register accordingly.”
It also stated that empty containers would only be returned to the ports through the approved holding bays of shipping companies using the ETO Platform, adding that it remained the responsibility of the shipping company to move empty containers from their holding bay to the Port.
It called for the cooperation of transporters, truck drivers, cargo owners, clearing agents shipping companies and all port users in implementing the project.
It warned that non-compliance with the ETO and its guidelines would lead to denial of access into the ports, impounding of trucks and withdrawal of registration/operating licence.
Hadiza Bala-Usman reappointed NPA MD
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday announced the reappointment of Hadiza Bala-Usman as managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority for another five years.
The boards of the agency and that of the Transmission Company of Nigeria were also reconstituted.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed these in a statement titled “President Buhari re-appoints Hadiza Bala Usman as NPA MD, approves board members for NPA, TCN.”
According to the statement, members of the new TCN board will oversee the selection of a new Managing Director for the organisation.
It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority for an additional five-year tenure.
“Also approved is the reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (from South-west zone) as Chairman.
“Other members of the board are Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu (South-East zone), Akinwunmi Ricketts (South-South zone), Ghazali Mohammed Mijinyawa (North-East zone), Mustapha Amin Dutse (North-West zone), and Abdulwahab Adesina (North-Central zone).
“The President has equally approved board members for the Transmission Company of Nigeria who will oversee the selection of a new Managing Director for the organisation.
They are Muhammad K. Ahmad, OON, (Chairman), Chief Henry Okolo, Imamudden Talba, Ambassador Usman Sarki, Ali Haruna, Engr. Simeone Atakulu, Zubaida Mahey Rasheed, Dr Mustapha Abiodun Akinkunmi, Engr. Oladele Amoda, and Dr Nkiru Balonwu.
Other members of the TCN Board are Representatives of Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ministry of Power, Bureau for Public Enterprise, FGN Power Company Limited, and Executive Management of TCN.
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