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NPA Inaugurates First Export Terminal In Lagos

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Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has inaugurated first Nigeria’s export processing terminal, code-named Diamond Star Export Processing Terminal situated at Lilypond in Ijora, Lagos
The Diamond Terminal would ensure speedy and seamless processing of exported cargoes, accessing Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos.
It would also serve as a pre-gate from where export goods would move directly into the port.
Speaking at the inauguration, Managing Director, NPA, Mr Mohammed Bello Koko, noted that the terminal would help to reduce wastage.
He said it would also reduce the rejection of Nigerian export goods and the time wasted before exports gained access to the ports.
“There have been several cases of rejection of exports originating from Nigeria, which could be attributed to time wastage and longer time at the port, but the terminal will ensure speedy processing of export’s”, Koko said.
According to him, the initiative was in line with the NPA’s commitment to the implementation of the National Action Plan on agro-export and the government’s desire to diversify the national economy from oil to non-oil export.
NPA, he said, is also working to integrate the Central Bank of Nigeria’s  Nigeria Export Proceed (NEP) form into the electronic call-up regime.
“The need for Export Processing Terminals is underscored by the limitations of current port facilities in the Lagos area, which are operating beyond their built capacity for cargo handling.
“The export terminals will serve as holding areas positioned in Lagos and Ogun States and it will help exporters prepare their arrival at port terminals in view of the traffic management challenges that are visible in Lagos,” he said.
Koko continued that the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) had served as the technical partner of the NPA through the journey of setting up the terminals.
He applauded the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for creating an Export Command.
The MD said the Authority would work with the Customs’ Export Command to bring up seamless modalities that would govern export trade.
“We are also working to integrate barge and train movements to complete the circle in collaboration with Nigeria Customs.
“The movement of export boxes from the Lilypond Export Terminal shall be directly through Warehouse Road to cut down on time for arrival at the port.
“Similarly, movement of export boxes to Tin-Can Island Port shall be from the Diamond Star consolidation point at Emmadunamix Terminal in Okota,” he said.
Also Speaking, Executive Director NEPC, Mr Ezra Yakusak, who was represented at the even by Mr. Haruna Ali, said the terminal would help to create more room to increase the volume of non-oil exports in Nigeria.,
Earlier, Assistant Comptroller General of NCS, Zone ‘A’, Mrs Adeyanju Aremu, said the service had developed Standard Operating Procedure in line with global standards to remove impediments along the export value chain.
Aremu urged users of the ports to take advantage of Customs’ commitment to the facilitation of legitimate trade to excel in their business and put Nigeria on the global map of top non-oil exporters.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas

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Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa,  expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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