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Nigerian ports to become fully digital by 2025, says Bello-Koko

The Acting Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, has said that deliberate measures and investments are being undertaken by the Authority, to create a fully digital ecosystem in all the country’s port locations by 2025.

 

Giving a presentation on his organization’s “Digitalization Roadmap and Current Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Implementation Status” at the 41st Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) Annual Council Meeting and 16th Round-table Conference of Managing Directors of PMAWCA, in Douala – Cameroon, Bello- Koko informed the delegates that a lot of work has gone into the smart port transformation agenda of the Authority, aimed at the enthronement of a paperless, time saving and cost efficient port operations.

 

The NPA’s helmsman who was represented by the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof Idris Abubakar, disclosed that the NPA first deployed a main computer system in 1975 to improve its payroll management, billing, statistical and accounting systems.

 

From 1992, the deployment of personal computers was done at each port location to ease data management, and information sharing was difficult as there was no connectivity between the ports. Speaking further, he said in 2011 the Authority reviewed its ICT strategy in line with its new role as landlord, following the concession of port terminals in 2006.

 

The primary focus of the new strategy is on enterprise computing and heavy dependence on network infrastructure, along with a centralised and shared database.

The adoption by NPA of a phased ICT deployment is geared towards achieving a fully integrated port operating system; to foster relationship with all internal and external stakeholders, to streamline NPA’s internal business processes; to make use of high-end smart technologies; as well as to record, monitor and utilize data for better decision making.

 

A five year plan is now being implemented by the Authority for the attainment of a fully digitalised port system in Nigeria. So far, the Authority has deployed a portfolio of systems and infrastructure towards the actualization of its ICT objectives, he said.

 

These include Oracle Enterprise Business Suite for financial and human resources planning; Billing/Revenue and Invoice Management System (RIMS) to fast-track billing processing; Customer Portal/ electronic Ship Entry Notice (eSEN)/Manifest Upload for shipping traffic management; Hyperion Budgeting for management of annual budget; Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence System (3Ci) for maritime domain awareness and management of vessel calls; Truck Call Up and Gate Access Control for the control and schedule of trucks to the ports as well as manage truck traffic around the port corridor.

 

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