SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 04 – Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), concessionaire, BUA Group has released a press statement to respond to the NPA’s claims on the decommissioning of the Rivers State Terminal B
According to BUA group, claims cited by the Hadiza Bala Usman-led Nigerian Ports Authority for the decommissioning of the Terminal B Jetty(BUA Concession Area) Port Complex, Port-Harcourt, Rivers state are false. The company also accused the NPA of attempt to misinform the public.
The NPA had decommissioned the Port concession agreement that BUA got in 2006, claiming that the unsafe operational environment of the jetty needed “urgent repairs and reconstruction”.
However, BUA and other stakeholders argued that the decommissioning contravened the Principle of agreements under Port Reform Programme of 2005 which clearly states that Port terminal operators will solely operate the facilities, while the NPA will be responsible for repairs and infrastructural upgrades.
On October 2, 2019, the NPA had issued a statement accusing the BUA group of blackmail.
The General Manager, BUA Ports and Terminals Ltd, Ibrahim Mohammed, while reacting to the development, disclosed that the concession is expected to last for 20-years before the need for renewal but the company has only been in charge for 13-years.
He revealed that BUA had severally sought approval from NPA to perform remedial works on the terminal but the NPA didn’t grant it and decided to decommission the terminal.
Below are Documents and Key Facts of the Situation along with Evidence of BUA’s Claims;