Maritime agencies get single window approval

David Adekunle, Lagos.

President Mohammadu Buhari has approved the operation of a single window for all agencies in Nigeria’s maritime sector.

Minister of Transportation; Mr. Rotimi Amaechi made this known to journalists in Lagos at  the opening of a two-day Stakeholders Conference.

Amaechi stated that the single window will eliminate corruption in the maritime sector.
He however said his ministry is experiencing challenges with the Nigeria Customs Service in terms of giving full support towards achieving the single window.

The Minister said he was going to sit again with the Customs and find a lasting solution, stressing that with the single window, human contact at the port and in cargo clearance, as well as its attendant bribery and corruption would be eliminated.

“If you want to eliminate corruption, you have to computerise the system, if human beings are not seen, bribes will not be collected.
“You will see very few persons, the reasons why  corruption thrives is because there are so many human beings you have to meet before taking delivery of your
cargo, and if you don’t deal with them you would not get your cargo,” the minister explained.

‎Also addressing fears that were expressed that the system might be circumvented, he stated that before he leaves office, the single window will be in operation.

Confidence O.