The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) announced over the weekend that it would continue to give exporting agricultural products and solid minerals preferential consideration through the nation’s seaports.
At the 34th Enugu International Trade Fair, which is currently taking place in Enugu and is organized by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (ECCIMA), the managing director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said that giving exporters priority treatment will help to export.
The Lilypond Terminal at the NPA gives exporters the essential infrastructure they need to complete their transactions quickly and affordably, boosting their ability to compete on the global market.
This is being done to promote the export of more commodities created in the country, to increase non-export, and to loosen supply chain restrictions for export cargoes.
He declared, “We will continue to give exportation of agricultural goods and substantial mineral resources priority attention, which will in turn offer exporting a boost in the nation’s economy.
The head of the NPA further said that when finished, the Lekki multi-purpose seaport is anticipated to provide more than 170,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.
Lekki Deep Seaport, he claimed, was the deepest port in West Africa and would fundamentally alter Nigeria’s maritime industry.
Bello-Koko declared that the deep seaport will aspire to be the top port in Africa, a goal that could be realized via a group commitment of trade development drivers. He was represented by the principal manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, NPA, Lagos.
“We will keep working together with our partners to help Nigeria’s economy improve, and we view ECCIMA as a partner in that process.
“Considering that 85% of economic activity is delivered through ports globally and that marine transport is still the primary entry point to the global market, the maritime industry in Nigeria is a major economic engine.
I am quite happy that ECCIMA has continued to offer platforms and chances for business owners to flourish, remarked Koko.”
The managing director also said that in order to ensure convenience in the logistics chain, train links from the ports were being renovated.