FG Will Not Tolerate Corruption at Ports ,Oyetola Warns, Backs NSC Anti- Corruption Battle

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R-L: Minister of Marine and Blue Economy , Adegboyega Oyetola , Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary/ CEO, Shippers' Council , and Mr Moses Fadipe ,,Coordinator of PSTT, when the Minister paid his maiden working visit to the Council.

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola,  has warned that the administration of  President Bola Ahmed Tinubu  will not tolerate any form of corruption at the Nigerian seaports , even as he has lauded the Nigerian Shippers’ Council on its fight, against graft and other illegalities at the Ports, through its Port Standing Task Team (PSTT).

He gave the warning , when he paid a working visit to the Nigerian Shippers Council(NSC) , to inspect the facilities  of the Council and acquaint himself with its activities , saying that all  the stakeholders should join hands to eradicate corruption at ports.

Oyetola stated that  if the  Shippers’ Council has been seen to be doing well in the area of fighting corruption , it then means that the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy is also doing well , and it will then continue to encourage the Council.

He  also pledged  that his administration would implement  the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) domiciled under the  Council , to ensure efficient monitoring and  movement of cargoes .and to enhance revenue at the ports.

Oyetola also stated that , the Ministry will follow up on the implementation of the  Port Community system platform, which will connect all the stakeholders operating at the seaports , and   allow for  the ease of doing business, and facilitate clearing of goods.

The Minister  said when he inspected   the  ports facilities  , what he saw was   discouraging  because the ports are old, but pointed out that he would want the other ports to look like the Lekki Deep  Seaport , because he was impressed with its modern facilities.

He   kicked against  the physical inspection of cargoes by Nigeria Customs Service  at the ports, and suggested they needed to  go back to the use of scanning machines provided at the port by Federal Government, as well as  faulted  the abandonment of over 6000 containers at the Ports

Commenting on the overall performance of the Shippers’ Council, he expressed his  satisfaction  with the Council’s performance , and enjoined it  do better, adding that if the  ports, must be regulated , it must  first work well.

While speaking, the  Executive Secretary/CEO  of the Council , Hon. Emmanuel Jime, listed the challenges of the Council  to  include the amendment of NSC Act to institute effective port economic regulation, actualization of 1% freight stabilization fee on import and export to Shippers Council as enshrined in the NSC Subsidiary Legislation; implementation of the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN) and  establishment of a National Fleet, among others.

The he NSC Director, Strategic Planning and Research, Mr. Rotimi Anifowose highlighted some of the recent gains of the NSC to include promotion of digitalization and automation of all port processes.