MAY 30TH, 2006 PRESS RELEASE #5
Committee on port decongestion gives progress report.
The Presidential Special Committee on Ports Decongestion is about rounding up the first phase of its assignment of removing overtime and contraband containers from the nations seaports.
This fact was disclosed by the Publicity Sub-Committee Chairman, Chief Chris Orode who stated that modalities for the disposal of all the affected containers are now being considered by the committee of the whole house.
According to Chief Orode, all the affected containers are to be gazetted before an Open Public Biding is conducted simultaneously at all locations where the affected goods are kept.
He however stated that genuine importers with proper clearance documents are still encouraged to come forward and clear their goods as long as the affected goods are still in the Ports.
So far a total of 3364 containers have been transferred from the Western Ports to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal. All the containers are confirmed to have landed at the terminal contrary to reports of diversion in some section of the media. The committee therefore challenge anybody with any information contrary to this position to make them open. Out of the total number of containers at the Ikorodu Terminal, 3021 have been examined while another 68 are empty and one contained diplomatic cargo. In the course of these movements, five containers were found to have been wrongly transferred.
Presently, 193 containers are yet to be positioned for examinations while the remaining 76 could not be opened due to faulty locks.
In the Eastern Ports, no container was moved out of the port because there were no serious constraints of space inside the port. In Warri, a total of 146 containers are involved in the exercise. Out of these, 100 have already been examined by the Customs and the remaining 46 taken care of by the Committee on Decongestion.
In Port Harcourt, there are 103 containers that are affected in these exercise, while at Onne Port, there are 617 containers all of which have been examined. In Calabar Port, 516 containers that are on ground have all been examined.
The Committee wishes to re-ensure all Port users that no stone will be left unturned in its determined bid to decongest the Ports in a manner that is transparent and accountable.
Importers are also advised to take urgent and decisive action to clear their consignment from the Ports, as containers that stay beyond the dwelling time will still be moved to create the needed space in the Ports.
Chief Chris E. Orode FCA, MCILT.
Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee