By Godwin ORITSE
THE Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), made over $1.8million (N466million) in the last nine months of last year from ship dues received from the Harbours department of the Delta ports alone.
Reports of a Committee co-ordinating the reconciliation of accounts and payment of ship dues to local pilots, showed that $209, 350.01 was received for pilotage service that was paid by ship owners to the NPA for the month of December 2012, as against $157,940.61 in November of 2012.
For the months of October and September of the same year, a total of $120,992.08 and $247,627.84 was collected as fees for pilotage services respectively from vessels that called at the ports.
While $154,172.62 was recorded as ship dues for the month of August, the sum of $256,797.44 being the highest collection, was recorded for the month of July.
Ship dues for the months of June, May and April stood at $214,919.62, $284,429.29, and $228,345.31 respectively from the Delta ports.
It should be noted that, what was collected in Dollars as ship dues are different from what was collected in Naira. For the ship dues collected in Naira for the months of December and November, N18.2millon and N16.6million was recorded as against N30.022million and N14.050million received for the months of October and September.
While N19.4million was collected for the month of August, ship dues recorded for the month of July stood at N22.9million as against N28.7million, N24.4million and N25.7million which were received for the months of June, May and April 2012.
Meanwhile, the local pilots who provide local pilotage services, are being owed about N100million in dues and fess for over six months.
The pilots have threatened to down tools if their bills are not paid in two weeks, a development that may disrupt shipping activities in the entire Delta ports.
Effort to speak with the General Manager,Marine and Operations, Mallam Mohammed Bulango failed, because he was said to be away in Ghana.