NPA’s re-engagement of Intels a threat to maritime sectors peace – Stakeholders

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have raised concerns over the re-engagement of Intels as boat operators saying the action of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) is threatening the peace in the industry.

According to the stakeholders, the NPA’s action is a question mark on the level of transparency and accountability of the agency’s management.

The recent re-engagement of the Intels Nigeria Limited by the management of the Nigerian Ports Authorities (NPA) as a Service Boat Operator is raising dust among operators and staff of the industry.

The stakeholders are worried that the existing rules and regulations regarding due process were not followed in reinstating the company as a port operator, and vowed to expose what they described as underhand deal between some senior directors and Intels officials.

This situation is currently threatening the relative peace and harmony that the ports business environment had enjoyed, following the exit of Intels from the Boat Operator business, after its contract expired in 2020.

The stakeholders are concerned that the alleged none compliance with the extant law in re-instating Intels is seriously eroding confidence in the management of the Nigeria Ports Authorities, raising questions about transparency and accountability in ports business.

In a chat with Blueprint, Mohammed Suleiman said the situation makes a mockery of Nigeria’s local content law.