The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has engaged the Nigeria Customs Service in a collaborative effort towards the successful take off of the much-anticipated Inland Dry Ports(IDP) project in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello disclosed that this parneship with the Customs was imperative in a bid to avoid the repeat of the past mistakes which he said truncated the past efforts of government toward this regards.
Bello, while speaking during the inauguration of a 9-man Technical Committee on the IDP projects in Lagos, noted that it was better to get it right from the beginning by collaborating with other government agencies such as the Customs that could engender the.
He said the Technical Committee was set up to ensure collaboration between the Council and Customs for the successful take off of the IDP projects in the country.
Describing all ports as simply Customs ports, Bello said the Council has been part of the dry ports concept since 2006, adding that the participation of Customs in this Technical Committee cannot be overemphasized.
Bello, who was full of praises for the past and present Comptroller- Generals of Customs for their tremendous support and encouragement in the IDP projects, assured the Service of the Council’s resolve to work towards trade facilitation.
He disclosed that the Kaduna Inland Dry Port would soon commence full operations and about to obtain approval and recognition from the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and solicited for the co-operation of Customs Service for a joint review of the initial draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier developed by both organizations for the smooth operations of the IDP.
The Comptroller- General of Nigeria Customs Service, Rtd. Col Hammed Ali who was represented by the Apapa Area Controller, Mr. Musa Jubrin, thanked the management of the Council for initiating the IDP concept.
Ali said the dry port project will go a long way in contributing to economic diversification and pledged the support of the Service towards the actualization of the project.
The Customs boss stated that the concept was in line with global best practices of attracting investors by making port operations businesses attractive, competitive and easy.
He advised the Council and other stakeholders in the industry to key into the e- auction platform of the Nigeria Customs Service, stating that the service is fully automated which is in line with the recent Presidential directives in the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
The Committee is made of Mr. A. N. Makinde, Director Inland Transport Services as the Chairman, Mrs. A. Dublin-Green ,Deputy Director Law & Policy, Mr. O. Oyebola, Deputy Director Bilaterial & Multilateral Trade Services, Mr. T.O. Jaiyeola ,Deputy Director Monitoring & Intermodal Coordination, Mr. A. G. Saidu, Comptroller of Customs, Mr. H. J. Swomen Deputy Comptroller, Mr. A. U. Ebieme, Assistant Comptroller, Mr. M. A. Kwairanga, Superintendent of Customs as members.