The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Malam Habib Abdullahi has said the organisation will welcome Japanese technology in areas of infrastructure development in form of Public Private Partnership (PPP).
This is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager, Public Affairs of NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.
According to the statement, Abdullahi, in a message to the visiting Japanese delegation, said the management of NPA would expeditiously list out technical and infrastructural needs of the organisation.
The managing director was represented by the General Manager, Capital Projects, Mr Rufai Mohammed.
Abdullahi said that NPA was involved in massive infrastructural renewal projects at its headquarters, quay length rehabilitation in Onne, Warri and Lagos ports.
He said that the organisation’s 25-year Development Plan would soon be ready and that would be a compendium of these development projects.
The managing director said that NPA had benefited in training programmes by the Japanese Government in the past, adding that “it is a welcome development that such assistance (infrastructure) is being put forward again.
Abdullahi said that as a bilateral issue, he expected the visit to further unite and improve the collaboration between Nigeria and Japan.
“Especially now that NPA is embarking on capital intensive port reform with the desire to be the leading port in Africa,’’ he said.
The Section Manager of Urban and Transportation Planning Group of the Yachiyo Engineering Company Ltd., Mr Yasuhiro Yamauchi, said that the Japanese Government was ready to partner with NPA in particular and Nigeria in general.
Yamauchi said this should be in the area of technical abilities that would be useful for different projects in the country.
He said that Japan was ready to help the African countries but wanted to start with Nigeria because of its population and economy. (NAN)