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.
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.