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Oyetola vows to reposition NPA

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The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, has vowed to work towards repositioning the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.

The Minister made the vow when he formally received the consultant’s report for the implementation of Nigerian Port Community System from the NPA and the International Port Community Systems Association, IPCSA, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Pmnews.ng reports that the purpose of the PCS is primarily for Nigeria to comply with the dictates of the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, FAL, of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, whose main objectives are to prevent unnecessary delays in maritime traffic, to aid cooperation between governments, and to secure the highest practicable degree of uniformity in formalities and other procedures.

Recall that the FAL Convention of April 2019 made it mandatory for ships and ports to exchange FAL declarations electronically preparatory to the enforcement of the single window approach in 2024.

“I will like to register our profound delight on this milestone step towards implementation of the Port Community System in Nigeria which is geared towards positioning the good people of Nigeria to reap the benefits of global trade,” he said.

“Realizing the importance of the implementation of the PCS on the fulfilment of the overarching objectives of the Renewed Hope Agenda, His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu included the implementation of the Port Community System as a Key Performance Indicator for the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy under the Presidential Performance Bond I signed as Minister.”

Also speaking, the Managing Director/CEO of NPA, Mohammed Bello Koko said, “cognizant of the self-evident fact that automation remains the most sustainable path to making our ports competitive, we were duty bound to infuse greater vigour into the implementation of the PCS which by its operational dynamics eliminates all forms of human interface and attendant delays that undermine the efficiency of our ports.

“So we intensified our synergy with the IMO for the technical guidance necessary to actualize the PCS which actually lays the groundwork for the implementation of the National Single Window.

“Our efforts paid off, and by May 2022 we had the first in-country visit of the IMO consultants, by August 2023 we had contracted the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) to provide the “Consultancy Services for Technical Assistance in the Development of Port Community System for (PCS) for Nigeria.”

“The diligence, determination and discipline required to make the implementation this project of national importance a reality,” he added.

It will be recalled that the NPA Managing Director had recently sought and secured the buy-in of the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Adewale Bashir Adeniyi, for the implementation of the PCS.

These developments signposts better days ahead for ease of doing business and trade facilitation in Nigeria.

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