The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday launched the Electronic Ship Entry Notice (E-SEN), a platform meant to reduce ship delay, receiving commendations from shipping community who said a major area of corruption had been eliminated.
The e-SEN implies that agents or ship representatives may now submit and obtain notification approval electronically, at the cost of N1,000; instead of the normal practice which necessitate physical submission, at the cost of N2,000.
Launching the e-SEN, the Managing Director, Mallam Habib Abdullahi said he was glad that the platform, coming shortly after the e-payment platform similarly launched in February, 2014, the management was finally setting the agenda, towards becoming the continental leading port, in Africa.
He highlighted that two years ago when he became the Managing Director, Nigerian ports ranked Number 5, in the continent, but the scale has gradually and favourably shifted, bringing the country to the 3rd position, running after Algiers and the Soyth African Dubah Port in areas of ports efficiency, as a result of consistent and proactive management management vision.
“As you are aware, the major determinant of a good efficient and user friendly port is hinged on vessel turn-around time, cargo dwell time, security of ships at berth, as well as safety of the channel”, he indicated, and noted that in the country’s case, ” Nigerian ports were also in need of huge resources for rehabilitation and modernization of its infrastructure in order to meet the demand of stakeholders.
“To achieve this, Management has continued to pay attention to first and foremost, improving existing port infrastructures in the areas of rehabilitation of port quay walls and aprons, deepening of our channels, upgrading of our common user facilities and wreck removal from our channels.
“As you are all aware, the biggest vessel to call at any port in West Africa (WAFMAX) with a length overall 232.33 metres and capacity of 4,500 TEUS requiring draught of 13.5 Meters has started visiting our ports due to our consistent dredging campaign. The weekly call of the WAFMAX vessel to Lagos and Onne port is a great achievement.
On the issue of e-payment, Abdullahi said he was glad to disclose that the platform had assisted his team to identify and block several avenues of revenue loopholes and stressed that part of the success of the e-payment, actually encouraged the development of the e-SEN.
“Sometimes in February 2014 we invited you, our esteemed stakeholders and customers to introduce the Electronic payment solution which has tremendously improved our operations.
“This includes Identifying and blocking all avenues of revenue leakages, Investment in massive infrastructural renewal and development geared towards deepening the channels to attract larger vessels; and automate and integrate our various ports nationwide using the same information technology platform, thereby improving efficiency and reducing manual intervention in our processes”, he explained further.
Meanwhile, the shipping community has hailed the NPA Boss for his latest innovation, noting that he would be eliminating a major area of corruption asides from reducing ship delays.