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NPA Explains Apapa Gridlock Persistence

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The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has said that the truck queue and traffic congestion in Apapa would not reduce unless there is a concerted effort by concerned authorities to provide trailer parks.
This was contained in a statement made available to The Tide by NPA last Wdnesday as Usman expressed displeasure over the delay in the commissioning of the Tin Can Island trailer park ten years after the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing took over the project.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to conclude the trailer park inside Tin Can Island. There is a trailer park there that the Ministry of Works has been constructing for the past ten years.
“I have held discussions with the Ministry since I assumed office two and half years ago and made a request that they should hand over that trailer park to the Nigerian Ports Authority so that we can conclude the shore protection and have it ready since December 2017 yet we are still here, it has not been finished, it has not been handed over. The traffic situation in Apapa will not reduce unless there is a concerted effort in providing trailer parks,” Usman said.
Hadiza Usman said the construction of more truck parks outside the port environment would go a long way in decongesting the Lagos ports access roads.
“The gridlock in Apapa has been lingering for too long. The Nigerian port in the last three weeks withdrew the lease for Lilypond as a terminal and converted it into a trailer park. I would also call on the Lagos and Ogun State governments to look at land allocations and cancel them for overriding public interest and make them trailer parks outside of the port environment where those trailers can sit.
“We must have trailer parks and holding bays for trucks to enable us manage the traffic. We can’t have a situation where all trailers do not have designated parks.
“You must have as a state and local government, designated locations for trailers to park. NPA intends to now have call-up systems that will be deployed in these trailer parks.
“Lilypond is a transit park into the port but we need to have a large size trailer park that will house the trailers on the roads. It is a big challenge that we have and we will continue to see what we can do to decongest the bridges to ensure seamless inflow and outflow,” she stated.
The Managing Director also lamented the absence of functional scanners and single window platform in cargo clearance at the port, adding that the physical examination of cargo at the port hampers efficient cargo delivery.

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NPA Gets Patrol Boats To Beef Up Ports Security

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that it is set to take delivery of patrol vessels to enhance waterfront security at the ports.
The NPA had subsequently directed shipping companies not to pay any anchorage dues to private security firms as it would take responsibility to secure vessels at the ports anchorage.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed this in a statement made available to The Tide, Wednesday, while speaking at a quarterly stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos.
Represented by Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Dr. Sekonte Davies, Usman assured that NPA was in partnership with the Nigerian Navy with a view to strengthening waterfront security at the port.
“Today, marine notice has been issued. There is no longer any anchorage addressed as safe anchorage. We are aware that $2,000 is being charged on the first day and every other subsequent day is $1,500. We know that it is increasing charges and that would not exist anymore from today.
“To provide anchorage is NPA’s responsibility and the Navy has been in collaboration with us to ensure that every anchorage of NPA is safe. The National Security Adviser and the Chief of Naval Staff are collaborating with us.
“NPA has procured security patrol boats and we are going to take delivery of some of them in the next six weeks. If not for a few issues, by now, they should have been here which will enhance our waterfront patrols and enhance our security operations,” the NPA chief said.
Bala Usman also said that NPA would soon commence procurement process for acquisition of fenders for the various berths in the port to replace bad ones.
“We are also addressing the issue of fenders. We understand the implication that without the fenders, some of the vessels will not call because of the environmental hazards they may get. So that will affect the dwell time. We are trying to make sure we look at other ports where some of the fenders are not been used so that we can quickly install them while the procurement process of acquiring other fenders would commence,” she said.
The stakeholders had raised concerns over constant attacks on vessels at berth, calling on NPA to increase patrol of the waterfront and put in place well coordinated efforts to address the menace.
Speaking at the event, General Manager, Operations of Greenview Terminal, Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, Yakubu Abdulahi, said “Every two months, pirates come on board and attack our vessels at berth. This means patrol need to be increased and be more coordinated. If the Marine Police and the Navy are actually taking part in the internal water surveillance, then we need to understand what is actually going wrong.
“ Once the pirates launch attack on the vessel, they operate freely and leave freely, nobody challenges them and they leave through the waterfronts”.

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Customs Rakes In N81bn In Three Months At Onne Port

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Area 2 Command, Onne Port says it generated a total revenue of N81.1 billion in the third quarter of 2019.
The Customs Area Controller, Aliyu Saidu, stated this at Onne at the weekend, while reviewing the achievements of the command in the third quarter of the year.
Saidu said that the amount surpassed the N69.5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2018.
“The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne Port, has generated a total revenue sum of N81,196,697,858.57 in the third quarter of year 2019.
“This amount generated surpassed the sum of N69,535,174,318.38 that was collected within the same period under review in 2018 with over N11,661,523,540.19. This feat increasing revenue collection is first of its kind in the history of the command”, he said.
Saidu said the increase in the revenue profile was as a result of the strategic plans put in place to enhance the revenue collecting capacity in Onne Port.
He said the measures had since been put in place to ensure that importers and their agents complied with extant laws on international trade, even as he restated the NCS’s zero tolerance for false declaration of goods or other deliberate infractions.
On the number of confiscated goods, he disclosed that the command recorded a total of 66 seizures with Duty Paid Value of N865.9m in the third quarter of 2019.
Saidu listed some of the seized items to include 12 x 20 feet containers comprising 13,180 jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil with DPV of N82.5 million, 5 x 20 ft containers comprising of 8,706 cartons of foreign soap worth N79.4m.
He also listed two containers loaded with 57,300 pieces of matches, 59 cartons of matches, 1,300 sacks of shovel, 100 cartons of hook knives, 172 sacks of diggers, amounting to N52.4 million as some of the items confiscated by the NCS within the year under review.
Saidu explained that the seizures were successfully accomplished as a result of the renewed determination of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, to rid the country of illegal importations.

 

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Navy Acquires 250 Boats To Fight Maritime Crimes

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The Nigerian Navy Command has acquired 250 patrol boats, several offshore patrol vessels and seaward defence boats to tackle oil theft and other maritime crimes in the Niger Delta.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed this in Onne, Rivers State, recently during the passing out parade and commissioning of 200 cadet officers of the Nigerian Naval College, Onne.
“Nigerian Navy has matched intent with practical steps, evident by ongoing fleet expansion programme that has led to acquisition of several offshore patrol vessels, seaward defence boats and induction of over 250 riverine patrol boats”, he said.
The Chief of Defence Staff said there was substantial infrastructural and manpower development as well as strategic collaborations with regional and more advanced navies to enhance the navy’s capacity to effectively secure the nation.
“In addition to assisting sister services in North East operations against Boko Haram insurgents, Nigerian Navy has continued to spearhead internal security operations in the Niger Delta against militants, pirates, operators of illegal refineries and oil thieves.
“Significant successes have been achieved by the Navy alone or in collaboration with other security forces at curtailing excesses of these miscreants. Maintaining these successes will definitely be tasking and requires developing appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude on-the-job onboard and ashore as well as through pragmatic training in all naval training institutions,” he said.
Olonisakin urged the newly commissioned officers to justify the huge resources committed to their training and their personal sacrifices to make the Nigerian Navy proud.
“One way you can do this will be by drawing from the knowledge and competence gained from the college for your future assignments,” he said.

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