FG Laments Issue of Abandoned Cargoes at Ports, Pledges Reforms at Shippers’ Council

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Minister of Marine and Blue Economy . Adegboyega Oyetola , speaking at the 17th International Maritime Seminar for judges organised by the Shippers' Council in Abuja.

… As NSC ES/ CEO , Akutah Reels Out Council’s Challenges

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has promised to engage the leadership of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on the issue of abandoned cargoes at the ports, while he has   assured the Nigerian Shipper’s Council, that the federal government would look into their challenges and effect necessary reforms, where needed, for the success of the Blue Economy agenda of the current administration.

 

Oyetola who stated this , while speaking at the 17th international maritime seminar for judges , organized by the Shippers’ Council,  added that the government would continue to provide a conducive working environment for the  Shippers’ Council , that would facilitate the disposal of overtime cargoes, at all the ports in the country, and pave the way for effective and efficient service delivery.

The minister, who was pleased with the contributions and level of achievements recorded by the management of the council, however, decried the deplorable condition of the ports, saying, “the rots and cracks in the ports’ infrastructure, over-staying of cargoes at the ports, excesses of foreign fishing firms were discouraging”.

Oyetola, in a statement in Abuja by the Ministry’s Director of Press, Henshaw Ogubike, noted that long bureaucratic processes were major factors responsible for elongated cargo clearance time, thereby frustrating shippers and leading to the jettisoning of their containers at ports.

He promised to engage the leadership of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on the issue of abandoned cargoes at the ports in a bid to evacuate overtime cargoes and address other bottlenecks.

Speaking earlier in his welcome address, Executive Secretary of the NSC, Barrister  Pius Ukeyima Akutah, highlighted issues requiring urgent attention to include the amendment of NSC Act to institute effective port economic regulation.

In addition, Akutah  said the NSC was a laboratory, where policy-making that drives the marine space was being regulated, adding that its objective was to ensure that Nigeria was the Maritime Hub in the sub- Western Region.

The NSC boss disclosed that the actualisation of one-percent (1%) freight stabilisation fee on import and export to Shippers Council as enshrined in the NSC Subsidiary Legislation; implementation of the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN); and the establishment of a National Fleet, among others were the current concerns of the council.

He expressed his confidence in the administration of the new minister, adding that Oyetola had so far displayed passion towards creating impact in the maritime sector.