By Godfrey Bivbere
Cote Destination Inspection Limited has emerged as the best Service Provider in the post port reforms in Nigerian Maritime industry.
The award was presented at the weekend, to Cotecnaâ€™s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Ernest Woka, by a distinguished legislator, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha at the event chaired by former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi.
The award was conferred on the organization by the body of journalists who cover the industry under the umbrella body of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN).
Giving a highlight of the Maritime Industry Night of Honors award which took place at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Chairman of the Associationâ€™s award committee, Mr. Sesan Onileimo, recalled that the choices of the various recipients were arrived at after a painstaking process which involved series of nominations from the industry players.
He pointed out that after a thorough scrutiny of the various nominations and their defenses; it became clear that Cotecnaâ€™s series of activities had in no small measure impacted positively on the nations maritime industry_particularly after the take_off of the port reforms.
Also corroborating the award committee chairmanâ€™s views, President of the Association, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, noted that the organization had excelled in various areas of port operations such as document processing, scanning facilities, training and capacity building, social responsibility as well as employment generation.
In the citation read at the event, the Association noted that Cotecna had been singled out by port operators as the only service provider for now, which accepts Forms â€˜Mâ€™ in less than one working day contrary to the 24 hours requirement.
The body pointed out that â€œcontinuously issuing the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) within an average of two days against the required five working days for Sea Shipmentsâ€, has become one of the unrivalled qualities of the organization in the area of service delivery.
The organization was further adjudged as â€œthe first and only Service Provider to commence 24 Hours Scanning Service (Apapa Port) to ensure the achievement of 48-hour Cargo Clearance at the portsâ€, thereby giving fillip to governmentâ€™s desire for the maritime industry in Nigeria According to The companyâ€™s Deputy_Managing Director, Ernest Woka,Cotecna is also presently constructing a World Class Fixed Scanners in Apapa and Tincan Ports: The two fixed scanners are to be dual_vision 9 MeV, the latest in the World, First of its kind in Africa, and equipped with radiation detection, material discrimination and data management system options, adding that the duo are due for commissioning soon.
In the area of Training and Capacity Building, Cotecna is said to presently record the highest number of trainings for Nigeria Customs Service Officers and other stakeholders, with over 500 service men now specialized in various port operations.
Cotecna was also lauded for its activities in the area of social responsibility, as regards its participation in several Corporate Social Responsibility Projects such as Water, Health and Education.On employment generation, Cotecna currently engages over 98% Nigerians in its Work Force.