The Nigerian Shippers Council as economic regulator of the maritime industry is advocating for digitalization and integration of ports in a media chat with the ES/CEO Barr Hassan Bello in Abuja he stressed the need for a seamless port operation reiterating that the maritime industry during COVID19 remained the backbone of Nigerians economy.
Barr Hassan stressed the need for
the ports to leverage ICT inorder to reduce inefficiencies in port operations and increase cargo dual time.
He said the ports must be digital with less physical presence of men and void of papers.
He said it was observed that during the total lockdown freight forwarders and other ports operators could sit in their offices to transact business.
He said the focus of the council is to adopt a multi-modal evacuation of cargo through rail and land to provide a round the clock port service just like the airports expressing optimism he stated that by March 2021 there will be 80% compliance in the ports.
Speaking on integration he expressed satisfaction over the level of synergy with port operators , NIMASA, NPA, NCS, Freight Forwarders And Truckers, Terminal Operators, Shipping Companies,Banks, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police and even the unions.
He said there must all be linked into an integrated system the port community.
He also called on further cooperation between all agencies and stakeholders to guarantee a smooth running of ports operations despite the covid -19 lockdown.