House Of Representatives Commends NPA, Says 100% Examination by Customs negates Trade Facilitation

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By Innocent Orok

The House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours has commended the Mohammed Bello-Koko led Management and staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for delivering exceptional results despite impediments outside of its control.

Speaking during the Press Conference to conclude the 3-day oversight visit of the Committee to the Authority, the Chairman of the Committee Rt. Honourable Nnolim Nnaji said the Management and staff on the NPA have done very well in the area of unprecedented revenue generation and remittance to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the federation and in the area of infrastructure and equipment renewal”.

Speaking further, the Chairman noted that “we have seen the level of decay at the Ports and we agree with the Management of NPA on the need to urgently reconstruct Tin Can Island Port and comprehensively rehabilitate Apapa, Rivers, Warri, Onne and Calabar Port Complexes respectively.

“We have also noted the insistence by Nigeria Customs on 100% physical examination of cargo negates the objectives of trade facilitation and ease of doing business, even though we must acknowledge the efforts of the current leadership of Nigerian Customs and we will give legislative support where necessary for the automation of cargo examination through use of scanners”.

“On the way to Lekki Deep Seaport, the Committee got a firsthand experience of the pressing need for the government to ramp up efforts at deploying multi modalism in the evacuation of cargo from the ports to eliminate the delays associated with over concentration on the roads”.

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