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NPA seeks collaboration, synergy with Customs on trade, seaports decongestion

by Samson Echenim

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has sought collaboration and operational synergy to ensure a saner seaport environment.

The Managing Director of NPA, Malam Muhammad Bello Koko visited the Acting Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Mr Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, in Abuja on Monday to seek support of the Customs in decongesting the seaports.

The Economy learnt that the duo also discussed the matter of upgrading the facilities at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and decongestant the port.

Koko also requested the Customs boss’ assistance to decongest the Lagos ports and enhance trade facilitation in the nation’s seaports.

While congratulating the Customs boss on his appointment, Bello-Koko assured the CGC that once Lagos ports are decongested, the ports attract higher patronage.

He also called for synergy among the various Customs units to enhance speedy passage of cleared consignments at the terminal.

“We thank you so much for supporting the Committee that was set up. Members of this Committee have gone round the country,’’ the NPA boss said.

He expressed worries over the congestion at the port, which, he said, had made it difficult for the NPA to operate properly.

Earlier, the Customs CG, Adeniyi, had expressed commitment to enhancing trade facilitation in the nation’s seaports as well as decongesting the Lagos ports -Apapa and Tin-Can Island.

He said the Service was ready to enhance the output of designated export processing terminals in the country.

“We need to form a joint team that will engage other government agencies to fine-tune the activities of exporting goods through the installation of trackers to avoid delays in the diversion of goods.

“I want to assure you that the management team of the Nigeria Customs Service will work with you,’’ Adeniyi said.

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