NPA, Shippers’ Council Set For Showdown

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The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, are set to clash over the recent increase in  berth rent by the NPA. The NSC is alleging that it was not consulted before the decision to hike the berth rent was taken.

Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary of NSC, said the collection should be stopped immediately.

The collection of the berth rent, despite the same charges slammed on cargo owners by terminal operators after the concession exercise, is expected to further increase the cost of cargo clearance from the nation’s ports.

The management of Port and Terminal Operator Ltd., which disclosed the berth rent increase to management team of NSC that visited the terminal Tuesday, stressed that NPA commenced the collection this month.

Abdullahi Ahmed, General Manager of PTOL, who led the visiting team, explained that the decision was taken to enable the authority meet its responsibility of berth maintenance.

Ahmed told the visiting team that his company had to reinforce Berths 1 to 3, which are part of the area concessioned to it, with about N3.2 billion.

He said Berth 4 still needs maintenance over which the NPA has been foot-dragging. He explained that the maintenance would have cost N2.7 billion if it had been done two years ago, noting that it will now cost about N4 billion.

He said a meeting of all terminal operators was called by NPA where the new directive was disclosed to them.

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