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Nigeria’s cargo volume up 87% in nine years

Saturday, 05 September 2015 | 00:00
The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has disclosed that the nation’s cargo volume grew by over 87 per cent over the last nine years. Managing Director of the authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, made this disclosure on Wednesday at the official launching of the Revenue Invoicing Management Systems RIMS, and the selfservice customer portal in Lagos.

The RIMS and Customer Portal are fully convergent and real time platforms for the authority’s processes, which are expected to reduce operational cost and also shorten the time for documentation. He said that the nation’s cargo volume as at 2006 stood at 46.2million metric tonnes, which grew to 86.6million metric tonnes as at the end of 2014, representing a growth rate of 87 per cent.

The managing director who attributed this growth in cargo throughput to the automation of the port processes, among other factors, also disclosed that the Registered Gross Tonnage of ports also rose from N6.75 billion in 2014 to a projected N9.2 billion in 2015, representing a 27.9 per cent growth rate.

According to him, these platforms, which would fully integrate the electronic flow of information for business-to-Customer and business-to-business streams real-time with higher availability and flexible architecture would greatly enhance processes and further boost efficiency with checking revenue leakages.

It was also gathered that the fully integrated invoicing system will work with the Electronic Payment System E-PAYMENT and the Electronic Ship Entry Notice e- SEN, introduced last year to enhance improved customer service delivery etc with a view to enhancing efficiency, block revenue leakages and reduced cost and time of doing business at the ports, “The introduction of these systems has the potential to improve our service offering, improve our partner relationship, create efficient payment methods, maximize revenue and minimize loss associated with fraud and revenue leakages”, the managing director said.

Some of the features of the Customer Self Service Portal is that it will provide a platform for the authority’s customs to initiate and conclude their business processes with the authority and also communicate with the authority. Some of the benefits include improved customer service delivery, easy access to customer accounts status, enable NPA to view all transactions and status in respect of bills, enhance electronic upload of the ship manifest and lead to generating invoice and receipts electronically.

The NPA-boss also said: “It is obvious that the introduction of these solutions would facilitate business growth with high performance and unlimited scalability of the operations of the authority”.

Investigations also showed that the modules of the authority’s billing applications, some of which are already operational in all port locations across the country, will soon move to the next stage, even as its covers payment processes in areas such as lease fees, service boats, passenger boats and oil terminal dues etc are already operational.

Executive Director of the authority in charge of Finance and Administration, Mr. Olumide Oduntan, had while speaking at the launch, said that the deployment of these electronic platforms was part of measures adopted by the management to boost efficiency and revenue.

He pointed out that the growth recorded both in terms of volume of cargo and revenue was primarily due to the automation of the processes at the ports, arguing that the depth of the channels have remained the same as well as the crop of work force at the authority.
Source: National Mirror
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