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Stakeholders reiterate commitment to Nigeria’s Port process manual’s implementation

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Stakeholders reiterate commitment to Nigeria’s Port process manual’s implementation

Stakeholders in the maritime sector have reiterated their commitments to the full implementation of Nigeria‘s Port Process Manual (NPPM), following its importance to port processes and the nation’s economy.

They told reporters on Friday that the process was already yielding positive results as the rate of port violations had dropped in a short period.

Stakeholders spoke in Abuja, after a roundtable feedback meeting on the implementation of the NPPM.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Magdalene Ajani, said: “The process is now attracting everyone.

“The agencies work together, they know that they are being monitored and that is why we are beginning to have clarity and less corrupt practices within the ships that are entering Nigerian waters. I think this is something quite impressive.

“Despite the achievements we have made in such a short time, we also have challenges, and unfortunately some of the challenges come from sister agencies within the Federal Ministry of Transport.

“It shows us where to focus our reflector to make sure they work collaboratively as agencies and parastatals within the ministry so that we can accomplish what the port process manual is supposed to accomplish.

“And that is having the facility to do business in the maritime and port subsector while being very efficient. We will work on it.

“I charge NPA to make sure they do what they have to do to make this work very well.

“Our terminal operators have also been charged, I advise them to cooperate and make sure that we all do what is necessary and expected of each player within the national port process manual.

“No one is above the law and we are going to make sure that the law works, we are going to make sure that our ports work. Digitization is the way to go.

“We will encourage all of us to digitize our processes and we know that when we do this we will probably get to the point where goods entering Nigerian ports can be dispatched within 72 hours.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shipping Council (NSC), Mr. Emmanuel Jime, said that progress had been made so far on the basis of the report, but that there was still a lot to do in terms of agency collaboration.

“It is very important that if we are to achieve the objective, it is to ensure that our ports are efficient so that we can occupy our place of honor as a maritime hub in this sub-region of the continent.

“That will mean that the extent to which the agencies that are involved in the operation of the manual, the extent to which we collaborate and cooperate with each other, is the extent to which we are likely to be successful.

“Have we made substantial progress, are we where we want to be? No.

“At the moment, the fact is that since the establishment of the platform, with regard to financing, only the shippers council has the responsibility to finance the activities and this is not how it should be,” said Jime. indicated.

The Executive Secretary expressed his optimism that with the presence of the Minister of Transport and his Permanent Secretary, the manual would receive all the necessary support for its success.

For his part, the National Coordinator, Port Task Team, Mr. Moses Fadipe, who presented the report, said that infringements at ports decreased from 226 in 2019 to 12 in 2021.

Fadipe said that some 33 suspects had also been arrested for violations in a short space of time, reiterating that with digitization, violations would be eliminated as there would be no human contact.

Source: NAN

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