Oyetola commissions 7 NPA patrol boats 

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, Thursday said the sum of $800m needed for the rehabilitation of Nigerian ports will soon be ready.

He spoke in Lagos when he commissioned a set of seven security patrol boat purchased by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to enhance safety and security of the country’s ports. 

The minister said: “I commend the management of the NPA for taking the initiative to strengthen safety in the maritime space.

Security is very important and we need to give it the kind of attention it deserves. We cannot be talking of trying to get the full potential of the Blue Economy without strengthening the security aspect of our ports.”

“I am delighted to be here and very much believe we are going to have more of these boats.

“It is deliberate on the part of Mr. President to have created the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry. Blue economy has always been there, but not as structured as to generate the kind of revenue a maritime nation like Nigeria should be earning.

“So part of what we are trying to do is to first ensure maritime security. Secondly, we will be talking of automation of the ports to make it more efficient. Just two weeks ago, I received the report of the consultant of the Port Community System. Part of that is to drive efficiency at our ports.

“Again, we are modernising the ports. We want to be able to compete with any port in the world. We want to ensure that the vessel turnaround time is reduced to four days as opposed to about six to 10 days that we currently have.

“We must commend Mr. President for taking the initiative of creating the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy and for supporting us all the way. 

“I can tell you that the fund for the Port rehabilitation is almost ready and we are going to commence rehabilitation anytime from now.”