April 16, 2024

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Shippers’ Council sets August deadline for full paperliess operations

In a bid to enhance service efficiency and bolster revenue generation for the Federal Government, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has announced plans to transition to full paperless operations by August 2024.

The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the NSC, Mr. Pius Akuta, made this revelation during the opening ceremony of the Council’s three-day 2024 Strategic Management Retreat held in Abeokuta.

The event, themed “Unlocking the Potentials of the Marine and Blue Economy for Rapid National Economic Development,” emphasized the vast opportunities within the marine and blue economy.

Akuta emphasized that transitioning to paperless operations would significantly reduce bureaucracy and optimize the agency’s processes.

He said the Council will leverage technology to achieving the milestone.

On the management’s quest to meet the presidential Key Performance Bond (KPI), Akuta said the agency was determined to make evident contributions to the development and implementation of a national policy on Marine & Blue Economy.

“We aim to create a robust policy framework that harnesses the potential of our marine resources. This is ongoing, and our contributions must be evident.

“The implementation of the KPI signed earlier holds the key to achieving several significant deliverables, like streamlining port operations, enhancing logistics, and facilitating seamless trade to enhance port operations.

“Also crucial is the establishment of inland dry ports and vehicle transit areas, crucial for efficient cargo movement, as well as the deployment of an enterprise content management system (ECMS) to drive set goals, among others.

“Similarly the implementation of the Integrated Customs Tariff Nomenclature (ICTN) will aid the agency’s revenue generation drive.

“Others are capacity-building programs, including tailored courses within the agency, as well as international exposure to global perspectives,” the Shippers Council Boss stated.

These, he maintained can only be achieved through collaboration with other industry stakeholders. He further stressed the imperative of amending the Shippers’ Council Act to empower the agency as the Port Economic Regulator.

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