The joint committee of the senate and House of Representatives committees on marine transport has emphasised the need for committed implementation of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA)’s budget in view of the current economic condition of the country.
The committee stated this during an oversight visit to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) at the authority’s headquarters in Marina, Lagos on Monday.
The joint committee was led by the deputy chairman of the senate committee on marine transport, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, representing the chairman and the chairman of the house of representatives committee on ports habour and waterways, Honourable Patrick Asadu.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Asadu said the committee was at the NPA to get more farmiliar with the industry and its operators and to understand the situation of the NPA, especially for purposes of appropriation.
He said, “Being that the Nigerian economy is currently challenged, we feel that all hands must be deck and we are also here for issues of safety and security. We are here not to hunt the authority, but as partners in progress. We feel it is much easier if we come together.
“We will identify problems and solve them together where we can, where we cannot, we will move it up. We are also here to ensure that we have monies to do those things we have in the budget. We may be disturbing you but we will be meeting quarterly to see what is going on with the budget.”