Stakeholders seek the deployment of a one-stop shop in seaports

Nigeria is on the verge of ending the annual revenue loss of N1.08 trillion naira due to the absence of the National One Stop Shop Platform (NSWP), in the country’s seaports, as agencies departments under the Department of Transport over the weekend decided to focus on updating the one-stop-shop regime. in the country’s transport sector. LEADERSHIP had reported that the lack of a National Single Window platform in Nigerian seaports was costing the Nigerian economy N1.08 trillion in customs revenue annually.

The single window system is an idea of ​​trade facilitation. Thus, the establishment of a single window system allows international traders to submit regulatory documents to a single place and/or a single entity.
According to the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) collections would have increased by 90% if the National Single Window had been rolled out at Nigerian ports.

However, to end the loss, Federal Government Agencies under the Federal Department of Transport (FMOT) have reached an agreement to digitize their internal processes and also maintain focus on updating the NSW scheme.
The Registrar of the Council for Regulation of Freight Transit in Nigeria (CRFFN), Barrister Sam Nwakohu, revealed that full automation of internal processes of the various agencies represented is a prerequisite for the realization of the National Single Window Regime so anticipated. in the area.

Nwakohu, who chaired the meeting, said the chief executive officers (CEOs) of the various agencies agreed on timelines to achieve full automation of internal processes. “We have agreed that all agencies under the Department of Transport should achieve full automation as a priority. This process will be well coordinated and we have also given ourselves deadlines to achieve this,” he said.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said that NIMASA’s automation processes have reached over 80%.

Jamoh also gave assurances that NIMASA’s commitment to automation is to reduce the human interface, while plugging revenue leaks in the system.
“In accordance with the Federal Government’s Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business, we are committed to full automation to reduce the human interface in the majority of our dealings with our stakeholders with the aim of ensuring transparency and the professionalism that the sector needs to grow. The aim is to align with the National Single Window initiative, when all the internal processes of the different agencies have been concluded,” he said.

Commenting on the high freight rate occasioned by the war risk insurance placed on ships bound for Nigeria, the CEO of NIMASA said the agency would focus on raising awareness, while soliciting the international community for a exam. This decision is linked to the removal of Nigeria from the world list of pirates.
“It may interest you to know that at the end of this quarter, i.e. the end of June, we would have recorded another significant milestone because we have not yet recorded a single attack or incident of maritime insecurity on our waters. Therefore, we will continue to advocate for the complete removal of war risk insurance by the international community, so that Nigerians can benefit from it,” Jamoh said.

Recall that the first edition of the meeting was in 2020, with the aim of strengthening the synergy and cooperation of parastatals under the tutelage of the FMOT, which is aimed at a more effective and efficient maritime sector.

The meeting was also attended by the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello Koko; Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jimé; Director General, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu.

Others are; Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr. Fidet Okhiria; Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Commodore Emmanuel Duja Effedua (rtd) and Managing Director, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, Mr. Bayero Salih-Farah Zaria.

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