NPA ASSURES OF IMPROVED PORT SERVICES IN 2019

Isaac Ombe

To ensure improved services through collaboration with sister agencies towards a more seamless operation in the ports environment with intent to reduce human contact in 2019, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) management says it is partnering with the Nigerian Customs Service, among other measures being put in place  in this regard.

Also, following the incentives introduced to ease the financial burden as a result of the the congestion resulting from the traffic gridlock in the port city of Apapa, the NPA has asked port users to take advantage of the development.

Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this through Adams Jatto, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, in a statement assured stakeholders of the authority’s determination to improve operational efficiency and accomplishments in 2019.

To actualise the  dream of seamless operations  in the ports’ environment, Bala Usman informed that the “NPA is partnering with the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) for the quick facilitation of the Single Window platform, aimed at simplifying and harmonizing formalities, procedures and the related exchange of information, which will be a major priority in the new year.

While informing   terminal operators and port users that it would further open its doors to all players to surmount various bottlenecks with a view to providing a healthy and smooth environment for all Stakeholders, she assured port users of management’s renewed efforts towards the swift evacuation of cargoes from the ports to the hinterlands and land locked neighbouring countries.

According the Managing Director, with the ease of doing Business introduced by the Federal Government, NPA had partnered with notable organizations and the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing in the reconstruction of dilapidated roads within the ports vicinity.

The statement added that NPA has put in place structures to drive this dream through the launch of the Revenue Income Management System (RIMS), which is a web-based billing and revenue collection application fully automated.

Management further assures all willing investors of its renewed determination at attracting investments to the ports across the country through infrastructural

The statement also said there has been constant dredging of the channels to attain the expected draught level for incoming vessels at the nation’s ports. This, according to the statement, is expected to lead to an unprecedented revenue generation and with the expectation that this effort would further be surpassed in the new-

Meanwhile, the statement has called on cargo owners to take advantage of the recent regime of incentives, including the downward review of charges, to ameliorate their financial burden; these include a regime of three (3) free days to twenty one (21) free days, for the next four months. The demurrage free period on the return of the empty containers has been increased from the current five (5) days period to fifteen (15) days as well.

Finally, the Authority appreciates the unflinching support, collaboration and cooperation from all stakeholders in its drive towards greater service delivery and customer satisfaction.