Following the recent Courtesy visit of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman, to the Headquarters of National Association Of Government Approved Freight Forwarders ( NAGAFF) Apapa,the stakeholders of the association have extolled her leadership, describing it as a welcome development.
Expressing satisfaction after the visit, the founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam stated that the emergence of the present leadership of the Nigerian Ports Authority was apparently blazing the trail to work with the critical stakeholders to achieve the set objectives of the Government. He expressed that the association were really touched by the visit of Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman to the Headquarters of NAGAFF as part of efforts to engage critical stakeholders in a dialogue with a view to partnering and finding solutions and returning the ports to their past glory.
Aniebonam said” It is on record that the Director General of Standards Organisation (SON), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigeria Airports Authority, Inland Waterways and even the Comptroller General of Customs never thought it wise to move out to confer with the freight forwarding organized groups on the best way to overcome compliance problems which have hitherto engulfed export and import regulations of the Nigerian international trade”.
He observed that the resultant effect of the self serving attitude of most Government leadership in the maritime trade and transportation may have led to most of the inconsistent trade policies in the industry.
He therefore agreed with the decision of the Federal Government to restrict importation of rice, pharmaceutical products and vehicles from the border entry points in the interest of revenue and health of Nigerians, adding that there is need to grant waiver to vehicles in transit to Nigeria based on time of importation prior to the directives restricting their importation to Nigeria through the land borders in line with the relevant Sections of the Customs laws.
“There are no good reasons and or superior arguments why Government will restrict importation of trade goods like rice, pharmaceutical products and most recently vehicles from the approved entries of the border stations of Nigeria wherein the agents of Government are duly positioned to carry on with their statutory duties. These lapses in leadership quality and concerns in our national life tend to present most of these leaders as being very unpatriotic to our nation building and transformation.
It is the opinion of NAGAFF that Mr. President should take appropriate steps to fish out those who are working at variance with his goals with a view to disengaging their services to the nation because one can seemingly consider them as saboteurs” he noted.
While commending the leadership of the Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian Shippers Council under Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman and Barr. Hassan Bello respectively for doing the needful in the interest of our ports management and administration, he therefore seized the opportunity to submit the core values of the authority, which he said in its vision and mission is to enhance efficiency, customer satisfaction, safety and security and among others to be very innovative.
In order to achieve these set objectives and values, the founder observed that it is charged with the responsibility to develop, own and operate ports and harbours, and to provide safe and navigable channels including offering cargo handling and storage services.
Others shall include but not limited to maintenance of ports facilities and equipment, ensure safety and security to human and material as well as develop and own properties.
Speaking further,the founder also advised Mr. President to strengthen the Intelligence Units of the Government in their entry points with a view to receiving appropriate reports of his officers/security concerns and taking appropriate measures to stem the tide.
The Ministry of Information and Orientation according to him should also be advised to wake up with a view to informing and educating Nigerians as to the programmes and actions of the Government for the wellbeing of Nigerians.
” We are using this medium to commend officers and men of the Nigeria Police and the Military for their efforts of checking crime and maintaining the territorial integrity of our dear country. They are doing so well and they need additional support because we cannot enthrone a progressive society in an atmosphere of chaos. Nigerians are living in fear for their lives and therefore Mr. President and other good people of Nigeria must support the Police and the Military on matters of security of lives and properties”. the NAGAFF boss stressed.
Also speaking behalf of the Association, the Acting President of NAGAFF, Mr Increase Uche said that the visit was a further testimony to the fact that Mr. President made a right choice with her appointment at this material time in the evolution of the Nigerian Ports Authority, and her determination to position the Agency to play its rightful role in the entire Maritime subsector of our great country.
While pledging their continued support to her administration, he maintained that they were hopefully looking forward to a more robust and result-oriented collaboration between NPA, under her supervision, and their Association.