Efficiency in port operations : CGC Adeniyi holds strategic meeting with sister agencies

Spread the news

Efficiency in port operations : CGC Adeniyi holds strategic meeting with sister agencies

In a bid to achieve seamless cargo clearance and efficiency in service delivery at ports, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR held a strategic meeting with the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, Minister of Transportation, Senator Ahmed Alkali and other relevant agencies.

The meeting focused mainly on
cooperation, trade facilitation and strategic integration of Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology (NIIT) to bolster operational efficiency in Nigerian Seaports.

Photographs taken during the strategic meeting

The primary thrust of this collaborative venture is to actualise initiatives that would not only open up the ports but also foster seamless cooperation and trade facilitation.

Key Resolutions made during the meeting include; Priority on Scanning over Physical Examination;
acknowledging the pivotal role of NIIT in actively decongesting the ports, the meeting also entrusted the CGC with the mandate to champion and prioritize cargo scanning over traditional physical examination methods.

Other are; Repair and Utilization of Scanners; Immediate action to rectify and optimize all existing scanners at prominent ports such as Apapa, Tincan Island, Onne and PTML. Simultaneously, the existing mobile scanners will be strategically deployed to facilitate expeditious cargo inspections and Rail freight to Inland Containers Depot/Dry Ports.

More so, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) pledged continuous commitment to freight cargoes to Inland container depots/dry ports, a strategic move to alleviate congestion at major ports. Plans were unveiled for efficient evacuation of containers from Port Harcourt to Aba, with future extensions envisaged for Onne Port; Bypassing Fixed Scanner during Rail Track Construction.

Against the backdrop of rail track construction, the NRC agreed on a pragmatic approach to bypass the fixed scanner at Apapa. This ensures the unhindered progression of scanning during crucial infrastructure development and Public-Private Partnerships for Scanning Installation, as well as Maintenance.

The meeting advocated for exploring Public-Private Partnerships to oversee the installation and maintenance of scanning technology. This collaborative model aims to sustain efficiency and foster innovation in cargo inspection processes.

The synergy witnessed in that strategic meeting underscores the unwavering commitment of Nigerian government to create a conducive and efficient trade ambience to rejuvenate the nation’s economy.

The anticipated implementation of these resolutions is poised to positively impact port decongestion, trade facilitation and overall operational efficiency, as well as competitiveness.

error: Content is protected !!