Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Muhammed Bello-Koko has said that contrary to reports in some section of the media that Tin-Can Port is collapsing, there is no imminent collapse of the Port.
Speaking on Friday during a television interview on the Morning Show on Arise TV, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said there however, defects when it comes to the quays, which is being taken care of with remedial works.
He said NPA has begun discussions with some multilateral funding agencies to secure funds for the total reconstruction of the failed existing quay walls and berths of the Tin-Can Island Port.
According to him, an estimated sum of $600 million is required to overhaul the failed Tin-Can berths.
He said the Tin-Can port has reached its end of life cycle and needs total reconstruction, but the NPA has been doing remedial works, which is no longer economical.
He further said there is a need to carry out a holistic and full reconstruction of Tin-Can Port, which the Authority has had discussions with the terminal operators to think of ways to do that.
“There are many options. The first option is to get a holistic design rather than allow the terminal operators to individually reconstruct their berths, we believe it is better to have a complete design to enable the NPA take a decision on how to do that,” he said.
On the funding of the project, Bello-Koko said the first option is for the NPA to source for fund currently estimated at over $600 million.
“We have started having discussions with multilateral funding agencies to fund the reconstruction. The other option is to go to government to request that the NPA be allowed to use a certain percentage of its revenue which is transferring to the consolidated revenue fund on yearly basis to fund the reconstruction. We transfer about N60 billion a year and we can use about 50 percent of that to repair Tin-Can.
“Another option is to do hybrid funding where NPA funds part and multilateral agency funds the rest,” he said.
He said the final option is for the terminal operators to fund the reconstruction but the issue is that it is not all the terminal operators that has the same financial capacity or will be able to source funds at the same time.
To him, the NPA do not want a haphazard reconstruction because starting Terminal A without B may affect the integrity of the berths, adding that the process will be properly coordinated working with the Federal Ministry of Transportation to take a decision that would be taken at the right time and properly.
“Soon, we will go to the Federal Executive Council for approvals. We will even advertise but what we have done is to get the conception design and we will eventually get the final design,” he added.