Federal Government agencies under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT), have agreed to digitalise their internal processes and focus on actualising the National Single Window regime.
This agreement was reached at the 4th Heads of Maritime Agencies meeting in Lagos on Friday.
The Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Mr Sam Nwakohu, said that full automation of the internal processes of the various agencies was a pre-requisite to achieving the much anticipated National Single Window regime in the sector.
Nwakohu, who was the Chairman of the meeting, said the Chief Executive Officers of the various agencies had agreed on timelines to achieve full automation of internal processes.
“We have agreed that all agencies under the Ministry of Transportation should as a matter of priority, attain full automation.
“This process will be well-coordinated and we also gave ourselves timelines to achieve this,” he said.
Contributing, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, said that NIMASA automation processes had reached over 80 percent.
Jamoh also gave an assurance that NIMASA’s commitment to automation was to reduce human interface, while also plugging revenue leakages in the system.
“In line with the Federal Government’s Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business, we are committed to full automation to attain reduction of human interface in majority of our transactions with our stakeholders.
“This is in our bid to ensure transparency and professionalism which the sector requires to grow.
“The goal is to align with the National Single Window initiative when all the internal processes of the various agencies have been concluded,” he said.
Commenting on the high freight rate occasioned by the War Risk Insurance placed on Nigerian-bound vessels, the director-general said that the agency would focus on creating the awareness, while also canvassing the international community for a review.
“This move is in relation to the removal of Nigeria from the global piracy list.
“It may interest you to know that by the end of this quarter, which is the end of June, we would have recorded another milestone as we are yet to record a single attack or incident of maritime insecurity on our waters.
“Therefore, we will keep advocating for the total removal of War Risk Insurance by the international community, so that Nigerians can benefit from that,” Jamoh said.
NAN reports that the maiden edition of the meeting was held in 2020, with the aim of enhancing synergy and cooperation among parastatals under the supervision of the FMOT, which was intended for a more effective and efficient maritime sector.
The meeting also had in attendance, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr Mohammed Bello Koko; Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Emmanuel Jime; and Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu.
Others are, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria; Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Commodore Emmanuel Duja Effedua; and Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, Mr Bayero Salih-Farah Zaria.