The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has described the Nigerian Ports Process Manual as a key to transparency in Nigerian Ports.
It would be recalled that the Vice President, professor Yemi Osibanjo launched NPPM on December 9, 2020 in Abuja where he announced the appointment of Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the leading agency to implement the NPPM which will enable Nigeria improve its ranking on the Corruption Perception Index, CPI.
The Executive Secretary/CEO NSC , Hassan Bello stated this in Abuja at a sensitization meeting for government agencies and stakeholders in the Maritime sector on the implementation of the Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM)
Bello emphasised the need to reduce dual time of cargo from the 21 days to 7 days.
“There is need to reduce dual time of cargo from 21 days to the regional average of 7 days.”
“NSC is not only looking at the ease of doing business but at the cost of doing business”, he said.
He pointed out that the electronic call up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority would aid in easing the current traffic situation around the port and called for the support of Sister Agencies to ensure the manual is fully implemented inorder to improve the ranking of Nigeria in the Corruption Perception Index(CPI).
L>R Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation; Hadiza Bala Usman, MD NPA, Hassan Bello, ES/CEO NSC; Bashir Jamoh, DG NIMASA
In his keynote Address, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi stressed that the enormity of the responsibility placed by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for driving the process and urged government agencies and the generality of the public to cooperate with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
Speaking also, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman said the Key Performance Indicators(KPI) of the various agencies in the Maritime sector are closely tied therefore, the need for seamless cooperation and integration of relevant agencies.
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agencies (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh who identified the challenges in the sector such as insecurity and corruption said methods of addressing these issues were embedded in the NPPM.
“Our industry can only be sustained in terms of economic growth if we have sustainable system in place to make our Ports attractive”, he said.
In his speech, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu, represented by the Lagos State Commissioner of Transportation said the state is on top of the traffic gridlock situation.
“We are working with the NPA to make sure truck parks are established along logistics routes.
“Lagos has given out 31 hectares of land for these truck parks for instance. We will continue to work with key stakeholders to ensure we develop the best port system in Africa”, he opined.
Also, the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service represented by the Acting Comptroller Tariff, NCS, Suleiman Chiroma said there is need for the Nigeria Customs Service to deploy sophisticated modern scanners to replace physical examination, adding that all relevant agencies should be present at the time of the examination saying,”failure to comply would mean exemption”.
Contributing, the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye said,”the agencies are not powerless, they have enforcement power. It is time to effectively use these enforcement powers”.
He pledged the support of his agency to the implementation of the NPPM.
The Head Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms(TUGAR), Ms. Lillian Ekeanyanwu applauded the collaboration of the NSC and other agencies in realising the NPPM.
“We have confidence in the NSC and NPA and we would issue a scorecard on performance”, she added.
Adding his voice, the Registrar Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Sam Nwakohu who congratulated the ES/CEO NSC, Hassan Bello for a job well started believed that manual is a good initiative that would improve the nation’s economy.
He harped on the importance of collaboration amongst the maritime agencies which freight Forwarders rely on to ease their business.
Highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the Port Service Support Portal PSSP which will be the primary tool to drive the implementation of the NPPM.
Among other dignitaries at the meeting were the CG Nigerian Immigration Service, MD NIWA, Chairman, Governing Council of NSC, President NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche, President ANLCA, Tony Iju Nwabunike.
Photo: L>R Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport; Hassan Bello, ES/CEO NSC.