Laments delay in Single Window operation
By Eguono Odjegba
THE name by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, for operationalisation of the National Single Window, NSW, for clearing imports could have acquired a lift because the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, plans deployment of cargo scanners within the nation’s seaports earlier than the top of 2020.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, who gave the trace just lately through the House of Representatives public listening to on the incessant inflow of pretend, substandard and counterfeit merchandise into the nation, mentioned an implementation committee is at present working around the clock to make sure the Single Window system turns into operational and effectively pushed by scanners to be deployed quickly.
He mentioned: “This will significantly improve cargo turnaround time at our ports, promote efficiency and transparency, thereby removing the corruption opportunities that fuel the entry of substandard goods into the country thereby enhancing Nigerian ports’ competitiveness in the West African region.”
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A press release by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, signed by Rakiya Zubairu, Head of Public Relations, additionally quoted the Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, talking on the behalf of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as commending efforts of the Joint Committee and expressed hope that the House listening to will probably be a step in direction of placing an finish to the inflow of pretend counterfeited merchandise into Nigeria.
In the identical mild, the Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce, Hon. Olufemi Fakeye, was quoted as saying that the listening to “will address the challenges of eradicating imported counterfeit products, particularly in view of Nigeria’s commitment to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA.”
This is even because the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Presidential Enabling Business Environment Committee, PEBEC, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, hinted that PEBEC was working to make sure that solely Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian Police Force will probably be on the seaports as there can be no want for routine bodily examination of cargo by further businesses on the ports, when the Single Window venture turns into operational.
Oduwole mentioned the choice to streamline operations of businesses on the port was first applied by the earlier administration in 2011, and once more strengthened in 2018; noting that streamlining businesses’ operations on the port is on the core of Nigeria’s ease of doing enterprise reforms and in step with world greatest practices geared toward eradicating bureaucratic constraints and decreasing prices of doing enterprise in Nigeria.