21 July 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, says it has commenced moves towards a paperless ports operation regime.
Executive Director of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, said in Lagos that the idea was to eliminate human contact in the process of business transactions.
According to him, part of the measure was to have some interconnectivity with all stakeholders involved in the facilitation of trade.
Bello said that by next year the council will be operating paperless, whereby every operation will be monitored online to the benefit of everybody.
He stated that a digitally operated port will enhance the Ease of Doing Business at the ports and that it will reduce the issue of corruption, under-declaration and all kinds of sharp practices.
“We need to talk with the NPA so that they can give us space because NPA will also benefit from that system since they can also monitor what is going on at the port. It is for the benefit of the industry,” he said, adding: “All that mean that we do not have to be at the port to know what is happening there.
“Just like our support portal which has been adopted by other stakeholders for the use of the industry.
“So it will be like an exchange for export and international trade.
“Technology is right here at the Council. We are a technologically-based Council. For example, by this next year, we would have gone paperless”.