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NPA generated N172.285b in six months, says MD

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), said it has generated a total revenue of N172,285,626,312.00 from its operations in the first half of 2022.

The Authority also said N78,496,966,862.20 has been remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the federation within the same period.

These were contained in a half-year 2022 operational report released by the NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko.

Koko  said: “The authority generated total revenue of N172,285,626,312.00 and remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) with the sum of N78,496,966,862.20.

Giving a breakdown of the money remitted, Koko said: “A breakdown of the figure indicates that N50,255,925,779.20 represents cash remittances, the compulsory deduction of 25 per cent of revenue generated and other sundry payments for the absolute period of January-June 2022.”

He added that the remaining sum of N28,241,041,083.00 relates to the remittance concerning other periods.”

Koko described the performance of the authority as encouraging amidst global economic and inflation crises.

According to him: “Global economic and inflation crises, global reduction in household incomes and purchasing power and scarcity of foreign exchange all of which has negatively affected business environment, affected government revenue and constrained expenditure.

“The development in the port industry cannot be severed from the macro-economic environment with galloping inflation that has grossly reduced the disposable income of the households, the depreciating exchange rates that stifle business environment and the dwindling government revenue that constrains expenditure.

“In the face of these harsh macro-economic indices, the Nigerian Ports Authority has forged on to deliver port and harbour services to the teeming operators in the export and import businesses across the country.”

The NPA boss explained that the remittances indicate the operational performance of the ports.

According to him: “In the 1st half of 2022, a total of 1,992 ship calls were recorded and the aggregate of the Gross Registered tonnage (GRT) of vessels was 60,235,133 tons.

“The Authority achieved total cargo throughput of 38,672,392 metric tonnes and 849,175 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container traffic. Vehicle traffic handled, during the period under review, was 132,543 units.

“Also, the average turn-around-time (TAT) of vessels, indicating port efficiency, stood at 5.16days. This is an improvement and we are strategising to perform better in the second half of the year.”

Koko while noting that port represents the yardstick

to measure the pulse of the economy added that it remains the gateway of the national economy.

“The Authority remains committed to providing improved services to increase efficiency at the ports that impact on higher revenue generation and economic growth of the nation.”

He listed such improved services to increase efficiency at the ports to include: “Deployment of marine crafts at all ports locations; marking/laying of buoys at Calabar and Escravos Channel to improve safe navigation; encouraging the use of Eastern Port by way of incentives to importers on port charges; deployment of security patrol boats to increase safety along the Port Quays; and repairs/ rehabilitation of ports’ access roads to improve cargo evacuation and dwell time.

Others are: “Encouraging the use of barges for cargo evacuation to reduce traffic gridlock on the roads; licencing of export processing terminals in order to support the federal government’s initiative on increase in non-oil exports; creating MSS for barge operations to improve multi-modal means of cargo movement; and, working on initiatives to improve on staff members’ welfare.”

The NPA boss also assured stakeholders and Nigerians that the Authority would exceed expectations in terms of revenue generation and remain committed to its remittances into the CRF for the year.

He promised that the authority would continue to come up with initiatives that would improve trade facilitation.

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