by Oscar Nkala
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has unveiled a budget of N233.8 billion ($733 million) that includes provisions for the acquisition of nine patrol boats in the course of 2017.
Presenting the budget, NPA Director Hadiza Bala-Usman said the authority needs new boats to patrol the country harbours and waterways. Ibala-Usman said the nine boats would be acquired at a total cost of N1.3 billion ($4 million) - or N150 million ($470 000) per boat.
However, she did not reveal the possible suppliers, models and capabilities of the vessels being sought. Pending the acquisition of the new vessels, the authority would hire patrol boats to maintain port and habour security. Further, the authority plans to use the remainder of budget for port infrastructure development. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE