Jime: Permanent Port Work Team Saved Nigeria $6 Billion in 2 Years

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Eromosele Abiodun

The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, said overseeing the activities of the Port Standing Task Team (PSTT) in the implementation of the Nigerian Ports Process Manual has enabled Nigeria to save over $6 billion between 2020 and 2021.

Yesterday in a conversation with reporters in Lagos, Jime said that the activity of the PSTT focuses on three cardinal areas, namely; joint boarding of ships, joint examination of cargoes and operation of free port access routes.

During the joint boarding of the vessels by mandated government agencies, he said the team’s activities have saved the Nigerian economy an average demurrage of $20,000 per day between 2020 and 2021, which ultimately translates to $6 billion.

He added: “Similarly, the average time to resolve complaints regarding vessel violations has also been significantly reduced from 7-10 days to 1-4 hours. Over 85% of ships that called at Nigerian ports in 2021 left without any incident, which was not the case in the past. On the other hand, with respect to compliance with joint cargo examination by all government agencies involved in cargo clearance, the exercise resulted in an increase in the number of cargoes examined per day from 125 to an average 230 boxes per day per terminal. “

He added that the implementation of the handbook has made it easier to do business in the ports and reduced corruption tendencies considerably.

As part of his achievements in office since his appointment about a year ago, he said the NSC has worked with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in the establishment and operation of national warehouses of ‘export. “A total of 12 domestic export warehouses across the country have been approved for commencement of operations. Some of the facilities have been granted clearance to commence operations included; GEZEWA Commodity Exchange in Kano, MV EHILOMEL, Onne in the Rivers State, ESSLIBRA in Ikorodu-Lagos State, Harris Logistics in Lokoja-Kogi State, Sealink Limited in Ajaokuta – Kogi State, Kaduna Inland Dry Port in Kaduna State, AMES-Edo Inland dry Port in Benin-Edo State, etc,” he added.

He added that in 2021, the NSC had received and processed 518 complaints, while in the first quarter of 2022, 100 complaints had been received and processed.

“The Board in 2021 was able to recover the sum of N1.072 billion while in the first quarter of 2022, stakeholders were spared a sum of N18.493 million. The Council is currently working on the compilation and analysis of complaints processed during the second quarter of the year 2022,” he said.

Another achievement, he added, was the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to institute a consumer protection regime for the industry. maritime and port, adding that “We have made arrangements for the inauguration of a joint committee that will drive the implementation of the MoU.

Others are the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Inland Dry Port Operations in Nigeria, 95% completion of Dala Inland Dry Port for commissioning official and the start of operations in July 2022, 85% completion of the Funtua Inland Dry Port in preparation for its official commissioning later in the year.

He added that the NSC under his leadership facilitated and supervised the transfer of the Heipang-Jos Inland Dry Port Project to the Plateau Real Estate Investment and Development Corporation (PIPC) to ensure completion and commissioning. of the project later in the year.

We have also facilitated full automation of port processes and activities, ensured social harmony through council intervention in disputes involving the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), National Association of Government Licensed Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and shipping companies.

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