NPA seeks ISO qualification for the ports of Apapa and Tin Can.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, said the authority was working on securing the International Standard Organisation (ISO) Certification for Apapa and Tin Can Ports, just like it did for Onne and Calabar ports.

Bello-Koko stated this in Lagos last week while commissioning the newly refurbished control tower in Apapa and Tin Can ports. He explained that the move to ensure all the ports across the country get the ISO certification is to show that they are operating based on international best practices and standards.

Bello-Koko said this informed the agency’s decision to upgrade its control tower across the country, adding that both the Port of Calabar and Onne have been ISO certified.

“ISO certificate takes many stages, if you recall, the ports of Calabar and Onne are already certified. The first thing you do is an assessment to find out where the gaps are, and you try to close those gaps, either in facilities or staff training.

“The process is ongoing and we are making serious efforts to ensure all the ports in the country are ISO certified,” he said. He said the authority had a meeting with the consultant about two weeks ago, to identify the gaps, adding that the first phase of the job has been done, while the second one is ongoing.

By Adaku Onyenucheya

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