A former senatorial aspirant in the Cross River Central Senatorial District under the APC and former commissioner for information Chief Akin Ricketts has been inaugurated as the board chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority yesterday.
Conducting the inauguration, the Minister for Transport Rotimi Amaechi said Water transport is one of the key drivers of the Nation’s economy and the importance of putting it in capable hands cannot be overemphasised.
He urged the new board to make good use of the confidence bestowed on them to contribute their own quota to improving the economy.
The board Chairman Chief Akin Ricketts in his acceptance speech described their appointment as a rare privilege to have been carefully chosen to contribute their quota to the development of our country in a strategic area of our national life which is the maritime industry.
He disclosed that the major issues confronting our ports today are capacity utilisation and evacuation corridors. “While the ports in the East are being grossly underutilized due to many factors, the efficiency of the ports in Lagos is hampered by inadequate evacuation corridors that lead to congestion on the road, which ultimately affects prompt service delivery.
“This is a challenge that we intend to confront head-on in conjunction with other stakeholders, with a view to ameliorating the sufferings of port users and ease business in the port, as envisaged by the Federal Government” he said.
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