In an effort to enhance Nigeria’s ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), boost transparency, eliminate bottlenecks and illegal demands within region’s seaports and terminals, the Nigerian Government launched the Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM).
Namely, the manual is a collation of various processes extracted from standard operating procedures of stakeholders in the port sector. The aim is to improve operations, service timelines, efficiency and accountability in the port sector.
In fact, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has been appointed as the implementation lead agency for NPPM, while all federal government agencies in the maritime sector have pledged to support the smooth take-off of the NPPM.
The agencies include the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and others.