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AS part of efforts to create interface between port users the Nigerian Ports Authority has in conjunction with GDS a United States based firm concluded plans to install an Integrated Port Communication Information System in all our Airports.

Making this known in Lagos at a stakeholders forum organized by Nigerian Ports Authority to seek the input of key players in the maritime industry on the new plan the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority Mallam Habib Abdullahi said that the Authority has got approval from the Ministry of Transport to install the equipment.

AGAINST the backdrop of allegations that terminal operators especially APM Terminal imposed arbitrary charges on imports even after delay in clearance of such imports was caused by the terminal operators, the Minister of Transport Senator Idris Umar has said that representatives of key players in the goods clearing process will soon be invited for a dialogue to find a lasting solution to the matter.

THE Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority Mallam Habib Abdullahi has allayed fears that a vessel code named MV Marivia was loaded with two containers of Toxic waste.

He said that when officials of the Authority alongside the Nigerian Customs Service opened the two containers it was discovered that it contained used electronic including: Fridges, television sets, microwave ovens, digital video disc players, computer monitors amongst others.

The NPA boss who made this clarification during the recent visit of the Minister of Transport Senator Idris Umar to Tin Can Island Container Terminal to ascertain the report in a Newspaper [Not National Daily] that a vessel loaded with two containers was on board a vessel at Tin Can Island with the intension to dump same in Nigeria.

Abdullahi told the Minister that the two containers have since been loaded back into the vessel.

•As revenue improves at PTML Command

DESPITE the decline in imports recorded in the second half of last year Ports Terminal MultiservicesLimited Command of Nigeria Customs Service generated N71, 267,589.007 this year up from
N51, 264,053,039.00 recorded in the preceding year. 

THE Indigenous Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (ISAN) has described the out gone year as a disastrous one for local shipping operators in view of the way and manner government has been handling problems of the sector.

ISAN General Secretary, Captain Niyi Labinjo,in reaction to a question on expectations in the maritime sector this year said  “It will be disaster as usual. Our investments continue to diminish, more and more shipping companies continue to fold up.” 

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