Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has commended the members of the Presidential Standing Committee on Private Jetties (PSCPJ) for compiling and presenting reports and compendium of private jetties in Nigeria.
Amaechi, while receiving the report in Abuja on Wednesday, said it would be summarised and presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
”I am grateful that you have presented this today. We will try to summarise it so that we can present it to the cabinet, for every minister to have a copy and look at the activities of the committee. If they have any comment to make, then they will do so. Thank you for your hard work but you need to do more because from your report, there are illegal jetties and no jetty should exist without the Federal Government’s authorisation,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, also applauded members of the committee for the work done and requested a copy of the executive summary.
”You will complete your job by giving us the executive summary so that we can send it to the Federal Executive Council for vetting,” she said.
Earlier, chairman of the technical sub-committee, Joseph Ororo, appealed to the minister to look into the area of jurisdictional overlap with respect to jetties and their locations.
He said, “Our activities have very largely promoted the ISPS Code compliance level, safety and security of tank farm owners with their host communities through our emphasis on corporate social responsibility.
”Above all, we have contributed immensely to the increased revenue generation of NIWA, NIMASA, NPA and customs among others. We have also gotten to a point where multinational companies will not engage a jetty facility in business if such jetty does not possess a valid license duly approved by the chairman of the PSCPJ.”
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