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NCP, BPE, NPA Visit Ports And Cargo To Assess Privatisation Success

On Monday, 17th June, 2013, Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited (P&CHS), the operator of Tin-can Island Terminal C received a combined team of the Policy and Monitoring Committee (PMC) of the National Council on Privatization (NCP), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

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The team led by Mohammed G. Shuaibu was on fact-finding mission to assess the level of performance of privatized enterprises in the maritime sector.

Mr. John Jenkins, Managing Director of P&CHS led other senior management staff of the company to receive the delegation. While welcoming them, Jenkins said the company has transformed the port through huge investments in both equipment and human capital with its attendant positive impact on the economy of the country, Nigeria.

The MD revealed that the company is ready to expand the scope of its operations in the maritime Industry so as to generate employment for more Nigerians and continue to impact positively on the economy at large.

He however highlighted some challenges facing its operations like traffic gridlock, erratic power supply, amongst others and appealed to the Federal Government and other relevant government agencies like NPA and Nigerian Police Force to assist by making the access road free and motorable and ensure constant electricity supply to the port. He equally said that refurbishment of quay aprons and clearing of seized items like containers, trucks and others are necessary to ensure easy vehicular movement in and out of the Terminal.

Responding, Tin-Can Island Port Manager, E.B Longe, assured that all the challenges raised would be effectively tackled as soon as possible for the common benefit of all stakeholders as they are already embarking on some palliative measures for now.