Ship berthing cost down by 86%, says group


maritime-industryThe Convention on Business Integrity has said that the partnership with the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, through the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, has reduced the cost of a ship berthing in Nigeria by 86 per cent – from $150,000 per vessel to about $20,000.

The co-founder of the group, Mr Olusoji Apampa, while speaking in Abuja recently, said that the synergistic partnerships by the NPA to institute transparency were already attracting international commendation.

“The synergy among the agencies and CBi, through the MACN, has significantly reduced the cost of a ship berthing in Nigeria often aggravated by unreceipted extortions from $150,000  per vessel that arrives in the country to about $20,000.”

Apapam said the success recorded by the agency had started attracting international reviews.

“The success recorded is now attracting international reviews as countries such as Egypt, Ukraine and India are planning to adopt the ‘Nigerian miracle’ model to produce similar gains in their own ports’ operations.”

Recall that Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, had in March 2022 when he received members of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network led by Soji Apampa, in Marina, Lagos, reiterated the Authority’s commitment to complying fully with the Standard Operating Procedures as stipulated in the Nigerian Port Process Manual, which NPA funded, to enhance operational excellence and service delivery at all Nigerian seaports and terminals.

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