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NPA assures stakeholders of operational efficiency at ports

The Managing
Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, has assured
stakeholders in the maritime sub-sector of Management’s renewed vigour and
determination at improving on its operational efficiency and accomplishments
recorded, especially in the New Year.

The NPA Management
has therefore told terminal operators and port users that it would further open
its doors to ensuring a more conducive work environment for all industry players
to overcome whatever operational challenges they may be faced with.

The managing
director also assured port users of the Management’s renewed efforts toward the
immediate evacuation of cargoes from the Nigerian Ports to the hinterlands and
the nation’s land- locked neighbours.

She added that with
the Ease Of Doing Business introduced by the Federal Government, the NPA
Management has partnered with notable organisations and the Federal Ministry of
Works, Power and Housing at the reconstruction of dilapidated roads within the
ports axis for efficient port services.

The NPA Management
also assured all that it would sustain and step up in the culture of efficiency
and transparency.

It reiterated that
it had put in place structures to drive the dream through the launch of the
Revenue Income Management System (RIMS), which is a web-based billing and
revenue collection application fully automated for the entire billing circle of
the NPA amongst others.

The NPA also said
it had improved collaboration with sister agencies toward a more seamless
operation in the ports environments aimed at reducing human contact.

In that vein, the
NPA said it was 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 would be
a major priority in the coming year.

The NPA Management
further assured all willing investors of its renewed determination at
attracting investments to the Ports across the country through infrastructural

It added that there
had been constant dredging of the channels to attain the expected draught level
for incoming vessels at the ports, with expectation that it would lead an
unprecedented revenue generation, while also expecting the effort to be surpassed
in the New Year.

The NPA said it
would work towards building on its efforts to developing and growing the nation’s
economy especially in the area of contributing to the Gross Domestic Product

Meanwhile, the
Authority has advised cargo owners to take advantage of the recent regime of
incentives including the downward review of charges to ameliorate their financial
burden, which 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.

The NPA has also
expressed appreciation for the support, collaboration and cooperation from all
stakeholders in its drive towards greater service delivery and customer

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