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NPA Laments loss of $248m, N3.558bn to waivers in 6 years over petroleum products

The Nigerian Ports Authority( NPA) has lamented the country’s
 loss of  $248,238,305 and N3.558 billion in the past
six years as a result of indiscriminate waivers at the ports, mainly on
petroleum products.

In a document presented to the House Committee on Marine
Transport, chaired by Rep. Patrick Asadu, the authority said, “As a result of
the Federal Government’s approval for 50 per cent rebate to petroleum product
vessels berthing at private jetties, NPA has waived $248,238,305.80 and
N3,558,148,366.98 as amounts that would have accrued as revenue from 2009 to
October 2015.”

The Managing Director of the NPA, Malam Habib
Abdullahi, was reported to have told the committee that NPA generated N128.213
billion between January and September 2015, while the sum of N5,806,822,000 was
remitted to Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Abdullahi was also quoted to have said that the authority
generated N162.184 billion in 2014 and N11,023,350,000 remitted to CRF;
N154.580 billion generated in 2013, with N493,895,000 remitted to CRF; N140.251
billion in 2012 and N20,713,768,000 remitted to CFR.

He identified the challenges facing  the NPA as funding of necessary
infrastructure; cost of acquisition of land and compensation for future port
development, lack of reliable power supply and bureaucracy in procurement
process.

He also identified other challenges as encroachment on port
lands and insecurity of the waterways.
Members of the committee during the session wanted to know
how the authority would respond to the declining revenue generation from the
ports.

The members also wanted to know the status of
NPA’s property in London; profile of concessionaires, concession agreements on
ports and channels.

Asadu expressed dissatisfaction over the executive
interference by the immediate past administration, adding that this affected
the House in its legislative functions.

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