The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has replied the Nigerian Senate that only five vessels, not two hundred and eighty two, were actually identifiable and verifiable from the documents made available to her.
The NPA, in a statement signed by Ibrahim S Nasiru, said further that twenty four out of the twenty nine items (vessels) handed over to her are bogus repetitions of the five vessels that were identified and a report to this effect with relevant supporting documents evidencing payments of all charges for the five vessels has been forwarded to the Senate Committee as requested
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff handed over documents containing a list of 29 items which are a combination of vessels and details of individual Bill of Ladings of consignments carried by different vessels to representatives of NPA for review.
On July 24, 2017, the NPA received another set of ten volumes of items numbering 1-1252 alleged to have been transported by vessels said to have called at the NPA. This was delivered to the Authority by the Nigerian Shippers Council on the instructions of the Senate Committee.
Concerning the ten volumes of items numbering 1-1252 handed over to the NPA by the Nigerian Shippers Council, the NPA was unable to conduct a meaningful review as the documents did not provide the data that will enable verification. For the purpose of clarification, the documents provided did not have the following: No vessel names were provided. No dates of arrival of the vessels were given (This makes it impossible for us to establish links with the manifest, bill of lading and consignee). No port of call and name of terminal where vessel berthed were provided. No rotation number of vessels was supplied.
It would be recalled that the Senate had hastily rushed to the press last week berating NPA for lackadaisical attitude and incompetence which led to its inability to account for details of two hundred and eighty two vessels.