Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has agreed to integrate the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) transaction Portal into the Authority’s Web Portal.
The Managing Director, HadizaBala Usman disclosed this when members of the CRFFN governing board paid her a courtesy call and explained that the move was to create a synergy between theactivities of the Authority and the Council.
HadizaBala Usman assured the entire Port users and most especially the Governing Board of the Council thatManagement would always be willing to promote an enabling environment and support to the Council in its quest at having a smooth operation in the Ports.
Hadiza made these remarks when the AbubarkarTsanniAmadiled Governing Board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) led other members on a courtesy visit to the Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos.
She told the delegates that Management was presently carrying out a review of the concession agreement with the Terminal Operators which is being bank rolled by the World Bank for a more efficient Port operation as well as to put them in shape in line with International best practice.Sanctionsshe stated have been put in place for either party who might wish to default in this regard.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the CRFFN,Alhaji Abubakar TsanniAmadiinformed the Management that the body was in the NPA to seek for a mutual relationship between both parties with a view to further having an efficient service delivery through a seamless Port operation across board.
He called for an improved collaboration with Management in addressing the issue of unauthorised access to the Ports especially as it concerns those with no legitimate business in the Port. According to him, Permit need to be issued to Registered Freight Forwarders as contained in the CRFFN Act, section 19 to urgently avert any security breach in view of the volatility of the Port axis and most especially unwarranted human traffic.
Amadi while enumerating the various challenges facing the Port Industry such as delays caused by the long Dwelling Time of Cargo, traffic gridlock, and non-provision of empty containers Holding Bay by Shipping Companies requested Management to take aholistic approach to the charges slammed on Nigerian importers arising from Shipping Companies not having Holding Bays. He stated that the body has set up Committees with relevant sections of the CRFFN Act which if harnessed with the Management’s Security Division would bring sanity to the Ports operation and most meaningfully enhance revenue generation to the nation at large.