Posted On 14 Sep 2016
Representatives of the fisheries sector, the Civic Board and professional associations of Manabi reacted yesterday to the abrupt exit and statements of Kevin Lazo, who had held the position of general manager of the Port Authority of Manta since January 11 this year.
His removal became known Monday afternoon through an order of the Secretariat of Ports, Maritime and River Transport and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP).
According to Lazo, an engineer and expert in port management, everything was due to his disagreement with some of the terms proposed by the Chilean company Agunsa to obtain the concession of the port.
“There are situations that generate far less expectations than what was expected for the port, given the current situation we are living,” Lazo said without elaborating.
Given the reaction that generated the exit of Lazo, the authorities called for calm. The new manager of the Port Authority of Manta Jose Garcia (a lawyer who was part of the MTOP) together with Deputy Minister of Transport Management Alex Perez, and other officials toured the reconstruction works of the docks. And there, Perez assured that the exit of the previous manager would not mean any setback in the works and that the bidding process, which includes the Chilean company Agunsa is underway. The award “is transparent and public. There are other five other companies bidding,” said Perez.