Council inaugurates technical c’ttee for dry ports

Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has inaugurated a nine-man technical committee on Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) spread across the country.
Executive Secretary of the council, Mr. Hassan Bello, said in a statement in Lagos that the committee was set up to ensure collaboration between the council and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for the successful take off of the IDP projects in the country.
The committee is made of Director, Inland Transport Services, Mr. A. N. Makinde, as chairman; Deputy Director, Law & Policy, Mrs. A. Dublin-Green; Deputy Director, Bilaterial & Multilateral Trade Services, Mr. O. Oyebola and Deputy Director Monitoring & Intermodal Coordination, Mr. T.O. Jaiyeola. Others are Comptroller of Customs, Mr. A. G. Saidu; Deputy Comptroller, Mr. H. J. Swomen; Assistant Comptroller, Mr. A. U. Ebieme and Superintendent of Customs, Mr. M. A. Kwairanga as members.
Bello noted that it was better to get it right from the beginning so that mistakes recorded in the nation’s seaports in the past would not be repeated at the dry ports.
He called on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to partner with NSC for a successful take-off of the IDP project in the country.
Describing all ports as simply customs ports, Bello said the council had been part of the dry ports concept since 2006, adding that the participation of customs in this technical committee could not be overemphasised.
He disclosed that the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, which will soon commence full operations had obtained approval and recognition from the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
He solicited the co-operation of customs for a joint review of the initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier developed for the smooth operations of the IDP.
Earlier in his remarks, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hammed Ali (rtd), who was represented by the Apapa Area Controller, Mr. Musa Jubrin, advised the council and other stakeholders in the industry to key into the e-platform of the NCS.
He noted that the service was fully automated in line with the recent Presidential directives on the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

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