The Nigerian Shippers’ Council in Abuja yesterday made a presentation on the Port Service Support Portal (PSSP) to stakeholders. PSSP is designed to drive the implementation of the Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM).
The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Ameachi at the presentation emphasized the enormity of the responsibility placed the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for driving the process and urged government agencies and the generality of the public to cooperate with the Council.
The Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello said that the Nigerian Ports Process manual is a vital key to transparency in Nigerian ports, saying it was essential to reduce the dual time of cargo
“There is a need to reduce the dual time of cargo from 21 days to the regional average of 7 days. Nigerian Shippers’ Council is not only looking at the ease of doing business but at the cost of doing business,” he said.
He added that the electronic call-up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority would aid in easing the current traffic situation around the port as he sought the cooperation of other agencies to ensure the manual is fully implemented in order to improve the ranking of Nigeria in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
While speaking, Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) Professor Bolaji Owasanoye pledged the support of ICPC to the Council in the implementation of NPPM.
Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwoolu, represented by the Lagos state Commissioner of Transportation Fredrick Oladeyinde said the Lagos state is on top of the Apapa 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 said.
DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who spoke on some of the challenges in the sector, said methods of addressing these issues are embedded in the NPPM. “Our industry can only be sustained in terms of economic growth if we have sustainable systems in place to make our ports attractive”, he said.
CEO of Convention on Business Integrity, who represented the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, Olusoji Apampa said since an information desk was put up in 2020, 90 vessels doing business via Nigerian waters were monitored and only 16 had issues that were resolved within 1 – 4 hours. He encouraged stakeholders to be patient.
While speaking, Registrar/CEO Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) Barrister Sam Nwakohu highlighted the importance of collaboration amongst the maritime agencies which freight forwarders rely upon to ease their business. He added that the manual is a good initiative that would improve the nation’s economy.
It would be recalled that on December 9, 2020 NPPM was launched by the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on December 9 2020 to curb corruption acts in the ports and announced the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the lead agency to implement NIPPM. The NPPM, according to Osinbajo, will enable Nigeria to improve its ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI).