The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has won the Best Maritime Agency of the Year 2022 award at an awards ceremony organized by the New Telegraph newspapers over the weekend.
Organizers said the award was a recognition of bold steps taken by the NPA, led by Mohammed Bello-Koko, to eradicate systemic corruption and other criminal practices in the country’s seaports.
“After the challenging business environment, there is a need to continuously identify, evaluate and reward successful brands and organizations that have made a name for themselves in their sectors.
“As one of the country’s maritime authorities, the Nigerian Port Authority has had such a huge impact on port development in the country under your leadership that Nigerians believe that the country’s port industry would sooner or later become the most attractive maritime cluster in West Africa.
“Even with your bold steps to eradicate systemic corruption and other criminal practices in the country’s seaports, under your leadership, Nigerian seaports are expected to become the first choice for shipping companies, shipping agents, importers and exporters, clearing agents and others.
“These positive changes in the country’s port sector will promote rapid ship handling, reducing cargo dwell time, efficient service delivery, port workforce training, positive change in Nigeria’s port ecosystem, and cargo handling easier, faster and more market-friendly make. ” reads an excerpt of a letter sent by the organizers of the award to the managing director of NPA.
Onari Brown, NPA Executive Director Marine & Operations, accepted the award and thanked the New Telegraph newspapers for recognizing the efforts of NPA management and staff in repositioning ports for efficiency.
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