NPA targets N629bn revenue generation in 2024 – Bello-Koko

“part of the main thrust of the 2024 budget is the urgent need to rehabilitate, reconstruct and moderate the dilapidated port infrastructure facilities.”

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NPA targets N629bn revenue generation in 2024 - Bello-Koko
Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director, NPA

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, says the agency is targeting to generate N629.89 billion in 2024 while asking for a N200 billion loan from Afreximbank.

Bello-Koko stated this while defending the 2024 budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Port and Harbour in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) was also listed as one of the financial institutions to source the loan.

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He said that the total projected expenditure was N464.32 billion, while the operating expenses were projected at N212.03 billion and the capital expenditure stood at N252.29 billion.

The managing director said; “part of the main thrust of the 2024 budget is the urgent need to rehabilitate, reconstruct and moderate the dilapidated port infrastructure facilities.”

He explained that the defects in the facilities were hampering efficiency and productivity in the ports, saying that the defects include the quay walls and the replacement of old gravity walls.

According to him, another is need for rehabilitation of Escravos breakwaters.

According to him, this is aimed at improving port efficiency and increasing cargo traffic through investment funding from the financiers, UKEF and Afrexim.

The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Nnolin Nnaji, said the agency is very dared to the country, hence the need for the committee to visit some of the facilities outside Lagos.

“We need to see those things you are telling us. The House of Representatives is very serious about budget defence, while they do screening on the other side, budget defence is here, ” he said.

He commended the managing director for the budget presentation, saying that he believed in the subsequent budget, the managing director would do better,

“We accept this budget, and we will move further with it,’’ Nnaji said.

The lawmaker also said the drainage channels were full of wreckage and expressed concern over lack of information on wreckage removal.

Nnaji, however, said as long as the NPA avoided the wreckage, it will keep occurring because of the abandoned ships.

He urged the NPA to look into it.