Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), (3rd l); Sokonte Huttin Davies (2nd l), executive director, Marine and Operations of NPA; and Mohammed Bello-Koko (2nd r), executive director, Finance and Admin of NPA at the launch of the Revenue and Invoice Management System (RIMS) in Lagos on Friday.

… Receives 25 new armoured vehicles

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has declared that the implementation of newly launched Revenue and Invoice Management System (RIMS) is meant to improve both revenue generation and Ports operations using real time modern methods and technics.

Speaking, at the Go-live and launching of the (RIMS) on Friday at the Eko Hotel Lagos, Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director said that the platform is a fully convergence system which helps to integrate business in the Ports Industry through the use of internet based devices.

Hadiza Bala Usman pointed out that as ever desired by NPA’s Management, RIMS would block revenue leakages amongst transparent operational procedures which would not only strengthen the processes of operation but emphasize the exclusion of unnecessary human interface in doing business at the Ports.

According to her, the Customer Portal “will further provide a platform for our clients to fast track transactions at the Ports and communicate with Management seamlessly”. She said “it is pure improved customer service delivery and a base for enhanced operational efficiency”.

She added that this will further enhance progress on the Single Window Platform with strategic automation in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service.

In his welcome address, Mohammed Bello Koko, executive director, Finance and Administration, said the fact that the platform would enhance profitably and assure uniform tariff rates across all Port locations. He said the user friendly portal would also enhance accuracy and completeness of documentation.

Also Sokonte Huttin Davies, executive director, Marine and Operations, called for sustained synergy among stakeholders with information sharing being the theme to achieve milestones in the sector.

According to him, excellence is the target and all hands must be on deck to attain that status. He further said “together we shall make things work”.

The event is one of the numerous efforts that the NPA’s Management is harnessing so as to make the Authority “a model agency” as they had desired at inception. It would be recalled that in 2015 an introductory platform of RIMS was launched to the appreciation of Stakeholders. The event in the front burner today is a sustained attempt at continuity of purpose.

Meanwhile, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has received 25 Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Armoured vehicles which were manufactured in 2016 in the United Arab Emirate (UAE). These equipment, he added are meant to further check mate the remnant of Boko Haram in the Northern Eastern axis of the Nation.

Commending the Management of the NPA for their continuous support and seamless synergy with Government, especially with the quick clearance of the vehicles, Dan-Ali said though the insurgence have largely been defeated, but that these 4×4 military hardware would further help to push them out of their various hideouts.

The Minister of Defence said 60 more of the armoured vehicles would arrive the Tin-Can Island Ports, Apapa in a few months from Jordan in the Middle East.

Similarly, the Minister of Defence, accompanied by Bala Usman and the Chief of Defence staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin received the visiting Indian Navy Ship (INS) Tarkash (Vanguard of Victory) at the Tin-Can Island Port.

The Warship, which was piloted by Rituraj Sahuis visiting Nigeria on a routine Military exercise.

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