The Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (NITOA) has condemned the actions of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over its plan to repossess the Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) when provisions have not been made for new location for the operators.
Akinsola Amire, the president of NITOA who spoke with our correspondent in his office on Friday described the action of the Authority as “flagrant display of power.”
He said that NPA had thought if creating Lagos Fishing Terminal and arrangements were in top gear by both parties when NPA suddenly turned around and gave seven days quit notice to some operators when there was no alternative provisions for their relocation.
According to Amire, NPA had agreed with NITOA to provide a drive for the special purpose vehicle which can take the Lagos Fishing Terminal on behalf of NITOA as concessionaire because it is not possible for NPA to concession the project to NITOA but to provide a company that can act on behalf of both parties.
He stated further that the arrangement would mean that NPA would not have to deal with anyone in NITOA but the company which he said said had been presented to NPA.
He said the company presented to NPA was NITOA Management Limited and that all documents had been presented to the Authority, waiting for the next action.
In his words, “NPA wants to create Lagos Fishing Terminal, it is not ready, then you are saying you want to repossess the terminals of thebconpanies that you want to move to the place that is not ready.
“You want to repossess from them, where will the owners of the vessels put them, on their heads if it were possible?
The NITOA president who stated that he thought that arrangement would have been concluded for the Lagos Fishing Terminal before the repossession order came, added “I don’t think it makes sense to anybody order than flagrant display of power if anything at all.”
He however quipped that the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman us wiser than taking such a decision saying at the end of it all, common sense would prevail.