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NPA MD blames cumbersome procedures, obsolete legal framework for inefficient clearance of goods

 L-R Executive Director ,Marine and Operations NPA ,Engr. David
Omonibeke ,Managing Director ,Nigerian Ports Authority ,Habib Abdullahi ,World
Bank Leader Mr Emmanuel Henrigoes, and Nigeria’s Ambassador of the World
Trade Organisation in Geneva ,Swizerland ,Ambassador David Adejuwon  at the Visit of the World Bank team to NPA Corporate Headquarters
Marina
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The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib
Abdullahi has blamed cumbersome procedures and obsolete legal framework as part of factors militating against efficient cargo clearance in Nigerian ports.

A statement in Lagos by the Head of Public Affairs of NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, said Abdullahi was speaking in Lagos while exchanging views with the World
Bank team on support mission to the country, for the implementation of the TFA.

The team came for sight-seeing of operational activities and available
facilities at the Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) and the Tin Can Island Port (TCIP),
with a view to identifying the gap for World Bank intervention.
The NPA Managing Director identified the areas of the provision of
Information Technology/ support on intermodalism through an enhanced rail
transport system and provision of training needs for the innovations that would
introduce into the system.
He was hopeful the World Bank could intervene on these critical areas, clearance
of goods in the nation’s seaports would be enhanced and the ports could then
favourably compete with other ports in the world.
The Managing Director reiterated the need for all the agencies involved
with the clearance of goods and trade facilitation to create a synergy through
a single window network.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the
World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Swizerland, Ambassasdor David Adejuwon,
said the team was in Nigeria in company of World Bank officials to visit border
agencies and solicit for interborder cooperation, harmonisation and mutual
understanding among all stakeholders.

Ambassador Adejuwon noted that the Trade Facilitation Agreement is aimed
at expediting action on clearance and release of cargo at all entry points so
as to reduce the cost of transactions.

He said that the World Bank is prepared to assist Nigeria in the area of
capacity building especially on technical matters.
Also speaking, the World Bank leader, Mr Emmanuel Henrigoes stated the
need for the Authority to improve on its information, communication technology
facility and quality of infrastructure.

Other members of the delegation include Mr. Robert Struthers, Mr Azarema
Abdukadir, an Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Mikiko Ollison of World
Bank in Abuja, and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Trade and
Investment.

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