Bello-Koko Seeks Alignment with Customs over Single Window Platform

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From Right: Customs Area Controller, Tin Can Port Command, Compt Dera Nnadi, his counterpart at Apapa Command, Compt Jaiyeoba and the Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko at the stakeholders meeting presided by the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola in Lagos on Tuesday

By DAPO OLAWUNI

Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mohammed Bello-Koko has said that there must be alignment of purposes between the Nigeria Customs Service and the NPA in order to push the frontiers of trade facilitation through Nigerian ports.

Bello-Koko stated this at the maiden Stakeholders Roundtable on Advancing Sustainable Development in Nigeria’s Marine and Blue Economy, conveyed by the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola in Lagos on Tuesday.

Bello-Koko at the Thematic Sessions of the meeting emphasised the Authority’s readiness to deploy the much needed Single Window Platform known as; Port Community System (PCS)

DAILY TREND reports that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is partnering Nigeria on establishing its Port Community System, and it has set a 2025 target for its completion.

The NPA boss said “The PCS is a marine-specific system that eases information exchange between all parties, which is germane to our port’s competitiveness as it lays the groundwork for the National Single Window. The PCS will eliminate duplication of functions in the port ecosystem.

“This is in addition to other time-saving initiatives we have put in place, such as the ESEN, E-Call-up, RIMS, and a fully interactive website.

“The commencement of Nigeria’s first fully automated port at take-off, the Lekki Deep Seaport, also laid the groundwork for the recent Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of Badagry and Ondo Deep Sea Ports, and Snake Island (Lagos) and Burutu (Delta) Ports.

“The operationalization of these new ports puts us at the forefront of regional competitiveness.

“However, to achieve the desired result, there has to be an alignment of purposes between Customs focus on revenue generation and the NPA’s obligation to push the frontiers of trade facilitation”

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