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 development.

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 (GDP).

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 satisfaction.