EndSARS: NPA Count Losses, Agency Lost Over N1billion
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has claimed that the revenue generating agency incurred more than a billion Naira loss due to vandalism during the recent #EndSARS protests in the country.
Issues bordering on the losses incured by NPA from vandalisation inflicted on its properties by irate youths and looters during the #EndSARS Protests , came up during 2021 budget defence session the agency had with the Senate Committee on Marine Transport.
Accordimg to the NPA boss, the sum of N807million had been earmarked for rehabilitation of the burnt portion of the agency’s building .
This she added is different from monies to be spent on replacement of 27 vehicles set ablaze by the vandals and three outrightly stolen .
“These vehicles being operational ones , need to be replaced as soon as insurance companies , come up with the aspect of losses to be shouldered .
“Aside burnt building and vehicles , other working tools like 317 computers were looted as well as photocopiers , cost of replacement of which will be above a billion Naira when added to the N807million already estimated for rehabilitation of the burnt building “, she said .
She however assured the committee that the agency, based on ongoing arrangement with the Lagos State Government and NIWA, is coming up with lasting solution to Trucks gridlock on roads leading to the ports in Lagos .
An electronic call up system she explained , has been put in place for Trucks accessing the ports for evacuation of goods .
“Trucks Park has been established in Orile which is to serve as call up centre for any truck waiting to evacuate goods at the ports .
“Besides this arrangement , ultra modern Rail line leading to Apapa port! and water transportation being offered by NIWA, are also helping out ” , she added .