By GODFREY BIVBERE
Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is set to commence the Single Window Operational System as part of its effort to further improve cargo clearance time at the ports.
The Single Window Operational System is a web base system that allows all operators in the industry perform their business electronically without face to face contact.
Disclosing this in Lagos when the executive members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) paid him a visit in his office, Managing Director, Mallam Habib Abdulahi, said all that they are waiting for is the approval of Federal Government.
Abdulahi explained that as a Nigerian group, ANLCA could be rightly described as an association driven by national and patriotic interest within the Maritime Community, adding that both the Custom Agents and the Management have the same objective of improving the port industry.
A statement signed by Musa Iliya, Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs noted that the NPA boss further asserted that government is already working on bringing the Port Community System into a reality and that the effort is supported by the American Government.
Speaking earlier in his address, the National President of ANCLA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu advocated for regular meetings between his Association and the Management of NPA, adding that it would not be out of place if they are invited to meetings that involves shipping companies and other stakeholders.
Shittu also pledged that the ANLCA under his leadership will work with the NPA boss to improve the maritime sector of the economy with a view to making Nigerian the hub of maritime business in the sub-region.
He also solicited the support of NPA Management for the training programme of its members.
Present at the meeting were Executive Director Finance and Admin Mr. Olumide Oduntan, General Manager Public Affairs Chief M.K. Ajayi, while the National Secretary Dr. Emmanuel Okpara and the Assistant Secretary Mr. Bolade Lawrence were on the delegation with the Chairman of ANCLA.