- Gabriele Volpi, the majority shareholder of maritime logistics company, Intels Nigeria Limited, has explained that he was not involved in the botched negotiation between his firm and NPA
- Volpi pledged that his company would transfer all the revenue collected from the boat monitoring and supervision services to the Treasury Single Account (TSA)
- He, however, said Intels was committed to co-operating with the federal government and the NPA in the development of the country’s maritime sector
Gabriele Volpi, the majority shareholder of maritime logistics company, Intels Nigeria Limited, apologised to the federal government and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over the spat that led to the termination of the pilotage agency agreement between his company and NPA.
Volpi who made this known in an interview with ThisDay said he was not involved in the negotiations between his firm and NPA over the disagreement on the pilotage agreement but was apologetic for the misunderstanding that had taken place.
He also resolved to ensure that Intels undertakes a reconciliation process with the NPA and transfers all the revenue collected from the boats monitoring and supervision services in Nigerian maritime waters to the Treasury Single Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in compliance with the policy of the federal government.
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He said: “We want to apologise to the federal government and NPA over this disagreement with Intels. I was not personally involved in the negotiations with NPA, but we apologise for what has happened.
“We intend to comply with the directive of government and transfer all the revenue to the TSA because we are a law-abiding company.’’
Volpi added that his company was committed to co-operating with the federal government and the NPA in the development of the country’s maritime sector, including the construction of the Badagry deep seaport in Lagos state.
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According to him, “We are committed to co-operating with the government and NPA in the development of Nigeria’s maritime sector and this includes the Badagry deep seaport.
“The Badagry deep seaport is a massive undertaking which will cost billions of dollars and will be the biggest in Africa and would turn Nigeria into a regional hub for ships bringing goods to the continent.
“It will also help to move a lot of shipping activities at the Apapa and Tin-can Island ports and help to decongest Apapa, so we are serious about our investments in Nigeria.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Comrade Timi Frank, a chieftain of the APC, expressed concerns about the of some federal government agencies.
Comrade Frank berated the agencies for offering themselves as willing tools to frustrate the private business interests of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
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