- As Nigeria targets $30b non-oil revenue
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has assured stakeholders that the Authority would provide the enabling environment needed for the actualization of best practices, within the nation’s Seaports.
Hadiza indicated this at the 5th edition of the Women in Logistics And Transport [WILAT] International Conference, held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos with the theme: “Effective And Efficient Logistics And Transport As Key Components Of Successful Organisation And Business’’.
She insisted that the gesture would go a long way in manifesting the organisation’s dream which is making the Nigerian Ports a reference point in sub-Saharan Africa.
Delivering a paper on the topic ’’Government directives on Ease Of Doing Business in the Port: Its Challenges And Sustainability’’, the NPA Boss also stressed that the Federal Government would equally put in place, a machinery for full implementation of the Executive Order, particularly in the area of entrenching an enabling and conducive environment, where Customer service delivery to Stakeholders would be anchored on Standard Operational Procedure [SOP] and transparency.
Hadiza maintained that operational efficiency is pivotal to effective implementation and sustainability of the Executive Order of the Federal Government as it concerns the sub-sector.
She called on core operators to imbibe the culture of leading by example at all times, especially through the direct supervision of activities assigned to individuals and groups noting, how rewarding it could be in the area of optimizing productivity by way of motivation and mentoring.
While identifying the existence of basic security challenges in the nation’s waters, as well as the slow evacuation of cargo from the ports as most pressing challenges, Hadiza reiterated the Authority’s commitment to partner with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), as a sister agency of the Federal Government, towards the realization of its policy on Ease of Doing Business.
In her welcome address, the Global Convener of WILAT, Aisha Ali Ibrahim who doubles as Port Manager, Apapa Port Complex eulogized the numerous contributions of WILAT members over the years, aimed at actualizing the vision of the International body.
According to her: “WILAT would strive at achieving its core values in the area of strategic employment and social responsibility”.
She called for greater synergy in the execution of ongoing project, as well as in sponsoring and training of women in the Middle East.
She also promised to assiduously work to increase the body’s membership and chapters appreciably, noting that membership actually moved to beyond 19, having move up from 12 in 2013 to 18 in 2017.
In the meantime, to restructure the economy, the Federal Government is targeting at least $30 billion revenue from non-oil sources.
This will be an increase of $25billion from the current $5 billion.
Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Director – General Segun Awolowo announced this plan yesterday after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa.
With him at the briefing were Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, Kwara State Governor Ahmed Abdulfattah and Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu.
Awolowo said Nigeria was going through the sharpest fall of export revenue in her history, losing over $100 billion (N30 trillion) between 2015 and 2017 due to the crashing oil prices, which resulted in recession.
He said: “The NEPC made a presentation to the NEC on a plan to restructure the Nigerian economy to survive without crude oil. The plan is called ‘the zero oil plan’.
“Council was informed that there was urgent need to rapidly ramp up non-oil exports as our future earnings from crude oil face significant headwinds.
“The zero oil plan aims at earning at least $30 billion from non-oil sources in the near to medium term as against the current earnings of about $5 billion.”
Awolowo said the objectives of zero oil plan is to add $150 billion to Nigeria foreign reserves in the next 10 years, create 500,000 jobs, lift 10 million Nigerians out of poverty and integrate each state of the federation into the export value chain.
He said that the focus of the plan is on the export of the following crops: rice, wheat, corn, palm oil, rubber, hides and skin, sugar, soya beans and automotive parts among others.
Awolowo listed the destination countries for Nigeria’s exports to include Netherlands, China, Iran, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia, among others.
Additional report from Nation