Reps to probe port concession

The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committees on Privatisation and Commercialisation, Public procurement, Commerce, Marine Transport and Customs to investigate the activities of concessionaires at Nigerian ports.
This resolution emanated from a motion moved by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso (PDP-Imo) which was adopted without debate.
The concessioning of Nigerian seaports through the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), and handing over of the certificates of operations to the concessionaires was carried out in 2006.
He said the concessioning programme was aimed at ensuring facilitation of trade and greater efficiency in cargo handling and service delivery at the ports.
Alagbaoso noted that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) which is saddled with the responsibility of collection of duties on imported goods is faced with operational challenges at the ports.
“The unsatisfactory performance of concessionaires at Nigerian seaports unnecessarily increase the cost of clearing goods,” he said.

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