AMJON hosts Town Hall Meeting on 24hour cargo clearing

Tincan Island Port Lagos

The Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) will host a town hall meeting on tuesday 20th of June 2017 at Rockview hotel in Apapa Lagos, to analyse the viablility of the Executive Order on 24hr cargo clearing issued by the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.Other guests to grace the occasion include the Comptroller General of Customs, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authourity, MD Nigerian Shippers Council, President of ANLCA and NAGAFF among others.
Areas of individual organization’s functions and collective responsibilities that will make the 24 hour port regime successful in Apapa port are expected to be deliberated upon with a view to achieving a robust national economic goal.
The numerous economic potentials of Nigerian maritime industry have for long been acknowledged but effort at harnessing and utilizing the acclaimed embedded resources have been elusive owing to policy inconsistencies and lack of commitment at implementing and executing policies to the later.
Only recently, the Federal Government in response to maritime stakeholders’ advocacy push and prompting gave Executive Orders to the effect that 24-hour cargo operations commence at the Apapa Port Complex.
What needs to be done? What are the issues and challenges? What need to be put in place? Is the infrastructure on ground adequate for the implementation of the Executive Orders on 24-hour port operations at the Apapa Port as a pilot?
The meeting being convened by Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) will come out with possible suggestions after encapsulating various views on the 24 hour port operation regime from maritime stakeholders at Rockview Hotels Apapa on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
Stakeholders in the sector and the general public have been invited to make presentation at the town hall meeting.
The Comptroller General of customs will deliver the key note address as well as speak on customs level of preparedness towards effective execution of the order.
The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will also make presentations.

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