The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, has been re-elected the Vice-Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitation (FAL) Committee.

This good news was made known by the Assistant General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, NPA, Ibrahim S . Nasiru.

The latest election took place during the closing of the 44th Session of the Facilitation Committee (FAL 44), which held virtually between September 28 and October 2, 2020.

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The Facilitation Committee addresses the efficiency of shipping by dealing with matters related to enabling international maritime traffic, including the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo from ports.

The committee also ensures that the right balance is struck between maritime security and the facilitation of international maritime trade.

Responding to her re-election, Bala-Usman described it as an honour to Nigeria and promised to work with the Chair and the IMO Secretariat in realising the lofty objectives of the FAL Committee and the IMO.

The NPA Managing Director praised the Chair of the committee, Ms Marina Angsell from Sweden, for her leadership. She also thanked the IMO Secretary-General and the Committee for re-electing her to serve.