NPA, NCS to collaborate for revenue generation enhancement at ports

Managing Director NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi presenting a plaque and copy of recent edition of the official journal of the NPA to the CGS, Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd) at the courtesy call

 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) have established agreement to collaborate on how to enhance revenue generation strategies for the Federal Government at the seaports.
This is contained in a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs of the NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, and made available to newsmen in Lagos.

The statement said a conducive working environment of mutual benefit to both the management and operations of the two organisations was necessary to achieving the goal for enhancing the revenue at ports.

According to the statement, the Managing Director, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi and the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) said the two agencies should see themselves as ‘partners in progress.’

Abdullahi was quoted as assuring the customs boss of high level of operational efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery at the nation’s ports, which he termed ‘Customs direct call ports.’

The NPA boss, according to the statement, said the cooperation between the organisations would improve performances to reduce vessel turnaround time and lower cargo dwell time.

This, he said, would to in turn, reduce the cost of doing business in the nation’s ports, even as the concessioning regime since 2006 increased activities at the ports.
The statement said Abdullahi also called for both agencies’ collaboration in ensuring proper security at the ports, especially the entrances.

The managing director appealed to officers and men of the NCS to support the new customs boss, to ensure the success of his tenure, it said.

According to the statement, the comptroller general earlier solicited the support and cooperation of the NPA to ensure its improved performance help the customs generate the necessary revenue.