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Adoption Of ‘Single Window’ Will Check Corruption, Check Cargo Delay At Ports – Bello

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Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC), has said the adoption of   functional ‘Single Window’ process for the Maritime Industry will eradicate all manual processes that give room for corruption and  delay in the release of cargo from the ports.

Mr Bello, who spoke during the 20th anniversary event of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) in Lagos, maintained that the Single Window would give rise to competitiveness in the maritime industry.

Speaking through his representative, Mrs  Selin Ifeora , Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Nigeria,   the Shippers’ Council boss disclosed that establishing a single window in the country which would enabled the nation succeed in whatever it had been doing in the Ports, was long overdue.

According to him, “All countries in West Africa adopted Single Window processes with exception of Nigeria, adding that Cotonou (Republic of Benin) after adopting the Single Window, witnessed 38% increase in revenue generation.

“Single window is an electronic platform where information where information/documents can be lodged and this helps in simplifying, standardising and harmonising our process and procedure.

“It is about facilitation of trade, simplifying processes to eradicate manual process which brings about delays and human contact, transacting business without seeing anybody,” he stressed.

He decried that today Nigeria Ports were still having so many problems ranging from non-functional ‘scanners’, corrupt practices, increase in  the cargo dwelling time in Nigeria Ports of between 22 and  23 days whereas in Cotonou, it is seven days.

Bello, however, urged NAGAFF members to be committed and dedicated in their activities, as well as work with the Federal Government to see to the realisation of Single Window, while pledging their continued assistance and support to  NAGAFF.

 

 

LLlL -R; Increase Uche, Dr. Aniebonam , members of Economic Grou

Dr. Boniface Aniebonam,  Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), in his address, remarked that trade and commerce were the critical mass in nation building  and development, stressing that the importance of Freight Forwarding could not be over-emphasised since they were the vehicle of conveyance

 

Aniebonam pointed out that the struggle for the enthronement of best practices in the business of freight forwarding had been successful, adding that it would help bin adopting global standard.

He urged NAGAFF members to make use of the Single Window opportunity created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Regime, as well as in the next two decades, expand their door – to -door net working beyond West and Central African Sub-region to global competitiveness.

He said: “At 20 years, our vision should be directed towards the sustainability of professional revolution. What I charge all of you is to be law abiding. Never go against the law, but be fearless, you will attain the greatness you desire.”

 

He insisted that Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is not an agency of government , adding that they would pursue the true interpretation of CRFFN up to the Supreme Court level.

 

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L-R; Mrs Ifeora NSC,  Increase Uche,

National President of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche, disclosed that the association, which had about 5,000 members spread across the six geo-political zones of the country, had within 20 years, brought dramatic changes and re-shaped the freight forwarding landscape in its purest form.

Uche noted the immeasurable contributions of Dr  Aniebonam  in the enactment of the Act that established CRFFN, which he described as a great landmark and an indellible mark in the history of freight forwarding in Nigeria.

He commended the establishment of NAGAFF Academy for the training of freight forwarders, as well as the establishment of NAGAFF CARGO WATCH on Radio One 1035FM, which had been providing information service to numerous industry stakeholders, describing it as a clear evidence of the achievements of the Association which has transformed the Industry.

“NAGAFF Public Policy Advocacy role through which the association contributes to the policy thrust of the government remains a veritable tool and forms part of the potency of the association.

“NAGAFF shall continue to add innovative values to better the ecosystem as the world migrates to digital technology; our Industry will not be left behind,” he said.

Delivering  a paper titled, ‘The African Continental Free Trade Agreement(AFCFTA) Regime and Single Window Evolution: Implications for Freight Forwarders’, Chairman, Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Lagos, Prof. Iyiola Oni, said AFCTA is the largest development in the continent which every freight forwarder should be concerned about.

Prof. Oni explained that it was a bold step by the African Union (AU) towards the African Economic Community in line with global trends in trade which throws up huge opportunities for freight forwarding, adding that the equipped and prepared freight forwarder would benefit from it.

He challenged them to be more concerned with what improvements and preparedness that best practices in the international trade requires.

The ceremony was marked with presentation of Awards to deserving personalities in the industry., while Dr. Boniface Aniebonam was presented with certificate by an Economic Summit group.

 

 

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