Emmanuel Jime, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shippers Council has stated that the Port Service Task Team saved $6.540m. This is equivalent to N3.270bn in average vessel demurrage between 2020-2021.
Jime made the remarks in Apapa, while speaking to journalists to mark his first year in office. He stated that the team’s activities saved the nation an average of $20,000.00 per day on vessel demurrages during the past year.
The NSC is home to the task force. It is comprised of officers from the Independent Corrupt Practices Other Offences Commission and the Nigerian Ports Authority. They have been given the primary responsibility of ensuring standard procedures are followed when carrying out transactions at ports and implementing the Nigerian Ports Process Manual.
Jime further stated that the average time to resolve complaints has decreased from seven to ten days to four hours.
“On joint vessel boarding of mandated government agencies, the actions of the team saved Nigerian economy an average vessel derrage of $20,000.00 per day between 2020 and 2021. This ultimately translated to $6,540million, equivalent N3, 270,000.00billion.
He stated that 80% of vessels that visited Nigerian ports in 2021 did so without incident.
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“Similarly, the average time taken to resolve complaints regarding vessel infractions has been significantly reduced from 7-10 to 1 – 4 hrs. In 2021, more than 85 percent of vessels calling at Nigerian Ports left without incident. This is a significant improvement on the previous years.
Jime stated that Joint Cargo Examinations by all cargo agencies had contributed to an increase in the number of cargoes being examined daily at each terminal from 125 to 235.
According to the NSC boss, twelve domestic expert warehouses have been approved for operation.
“In short, the implementation and operation of the Manual has greatly facilitated doing business in our ports. It has also drastically reduced corruption tendencies. The establishment and operation of domestic export warehouses is possible through a partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. The establishment of 12 Domestic Export Warehouses in the country has been approved.
He said, “The council received and dealt with 518 complaints in 2021, while 100 complaints were received in the first quarter of 2022.” In 2021, the Council was able to recover N1, 072, 0008, and 040 billion, while stakeholders were able to save N18, 493 million in the first quarter of 2022. The council is currently compiling and analysing complaints that were received in the second quarter of 2022.