MAJAN gets commendation for democracy lecture
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By Udeme Clement
NAGAFF Deputy National President left, Comptroller Adetoye, the Founder of NAGAFF, MAJAN President and other speakers on the high table:
Stakeholders in the maritime sector of the economy have commended Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria ,MAJAN, for the one-day lecture organised by the Association to assess the impacts of 19years of democracy on port operations and the maritime industry as a whole.
The lecture with the theme, ’19 years of Nigeria’s unbroken democracy; the journey so far in maritime industry’, had in attendance, important stakeholders from the ports, freight forwarding segment of the industry, Nigeria Customs Service ,NCS, Maritime Lawyers, Journalists and other participants within various areas of maritime in Nigeria.
In his opening speech, the President of MAJAN, Comrade Ray Ugochukwu gave comprehensive details of activities in the ports, in the last 19 years, calling on the Federal Government, maritime agencies and all stakeholders to do the needful in repositioning the maritime sector for greater growth, like what obtains in advanced economies.
NAGAFF National Deputy President left, MAJAN President, Founder of NAGAFF and former General Manager of NPA on the high table at the lecture:
Also, speaking, the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, said, “We need to be proactive to solve the problems in the ports. All agencies of government operating in the ports should do the right thing in accordance with the law guiding operations within the ports. We are all guilty of the problems associated with our ports today, which hinder rapid growth and development. In that case, these issues should be addressed according to the law, in transparent and proactive manner”.
He went on, “For me, there is hope for the maritime sector of the economy looking at 19 years of democracy in Nigeria. There is hope for democracy dividend at ports because we are discussing the challenges. If you say, there is no hope, let the Police men go on strike for just one day, for us to see how the country will be like.”
He stressed, “Looking at the way things are in the ports now, I think we would have been better with Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA. However, I still believe there is hope”.
In his remarks, former General Manager of NPA, Engineer Dele Alabi, called for effective synergy among government agencies in the ports, with a view to enhancing optimum productivity for future development.
The Customs Area Controller of PTML, Comptroller Tade Adetoye, said Customs is saddled with the responsibilities of trade facilitation, revenue generation for government and anti-smuggling. He emphasized that these functions must be carried out effectively, in order to achieve economic growth now and in the long-run.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Apapa Command, Nwala Nkiru, who represented the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Comptroller Musa Jubril, said the CAC has recorded remarkable performance in revenue generation as well as trade facilitation in Apapa since he came on board.
Responding to the level of compliance with the new ‘Executive Order’ on ease of doing business, she said, “Apapa as the premier port is taking the lead at ensuring full compliance with the new directive. For instance, Apapa Command through the supervision of the CAC established a central examination centre in the port, where all agencies can meet and carry out examination at the same time, in order to achieve 24 hours cargo clearance”
She went on, “At present, we work 24 hours at Apapa Command including Saturday and Sunday, in order to fast track cargo clearance in the port,. All these and many other measures are the things put in place by Comptroller Musa Jubril to enhance trade facilitation for optimum productivity”.