NPA Income Hits N501bn In 2023

NPA Income Hits N501bn In 2023
Mohammed Bello Koko
Mohammed Bello Koko


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The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) has posted an unprecedented income era and remittances to the Consolidated Income Fund (CRF) of the federation, with revenues steadily rising from N361bn in 2022 to N501billion as of December 2023.

Remittances elevated from N93.4 billion in 2022 to N131.2bn by yr finish 2023.

In a doc, titled ‘Consolidation of superior efficiency on the NPA-A synopsis of the Authority’s efficiency enchancment 2022-2023’, sighted by this newspaper, famous that regardless of world financial headwinds, the Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko succeeded in leapfrogging Nigeria’s foremost commerce facilitation platform to surpass its sterling efficiency of the yr 2022.

The doc additionally captured taxes paid to the federal government of the federation which, in keeping with it, grew at numerous instances within the interval below assessment totalling $77.7 million and N17.6bn respectively.

The NPA additionally introduced an bold $1 billion reconstruction plan for the Tincan Island Port Complicated in addition to the excellent rehabilitation of the Apapa, Rivers, Onne, Warri and Calabar Port complexes.

The authority has additionally earmarked for related reconstruction below the brand new ports growth plan, the Badagry Deep Seaport, Snake Island, Burutu and Ondo Deep Seaports.

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The NPA disclosed that it contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s stability of commerce via the promotion of particularly non-oiI exports in response to the nationwide exigency of strengthening the naira.

The administration stated as a way to create new companies and promote multi-modalism according to world finest practices as prescribed by the Worldwide Affiliation for Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the NPA initiated barge operations companies which, other than decreasing strain on the roads, had grown right into a N2-billion annual era enterprise each from direct funding and accompanying externalities.

In line with administration, “Motion of cargo by barge has drastically enhanced port-hinterland connectivity as evidenced by the meteoric rise in numbers from a complete of 80,244 TEUs in 2022 to 118,046 TEUs in 2023.”

The administration additionally disclosed that 10 Export Processing Terminals had been licensed to facilitate exports at Nigerian seaports.

“The resultant impact of this initiative was a quantum leap within the numbers of Nigerian export-laden containers from 156,790 (20 Foot Equal Models (TEUs) in 2022, to 226,456 TEUs in 2023.”

Additionally, the NPA stated it had grown the variety of ship calls from 1,997 vessels in 2022 to 2,179 vessels by the top of 2023.

It disclosed that the Lekki Deep Sea Port, which doubles as Nigeria’s first absolutely automated port at take-off, processed 6,076 TEUs of transshipment cargo.

This, it defined, represented a swift transfer that signposted the NPA’s readiness to cater to the maritime wants of Nigeria’s landlocked neighbouring nations, and “win again cargo hitherto misplaced to our maritime neighbours.”

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