The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has reiterated the determination of the Management of the Authority to collaborate and corporate with all stakeholders responsible for safeguarding the nation’s territorial waters within budgetary limitation.
She gave the assurance in Lagos on Thursday while exchanging view with the new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Western Naval Command Real Admiral Obed Habila Ngalabak who paid her a courtesy call in her office.
The Managing Director stressed the need for the Nigerian Navy to partner with the NPA in securing the nation’s waterway, within their jurisdiction considering the history of their evolution and their peculiar areas of operation.
Hadiza assured the FOC that all this issues he brought to her attention through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to be submitted to her office and deliberation at the meeting, especially the renovation and rehabilitation of the Takwa Bay would be considered appropriately.
Earlier in his address, Real Admiral Ngalabak informed the NPA Managing Director of the need of all concerned to assist the Navy to take a holistic reconstruction of the Takwa Bay as it is facing the challenge of erosion. According to him, urgent steps should also be taken to avert an impending disaster being perpetuated by some unscrupulous elements at the Island.
Furthermore, he intimated the NPA Management with the fact that Nigerian Navy prides in the best dockyard in the region and subsequently sought mutual beneficial venture between NPA and Nigerian Navy towards patronage of the Naval Dockyard.