FG Partners US Govt On Ports Computerisation

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To ensure safe and effective ports operations and administration in Nigeria, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it has commenced plans to computerise ports activities in the country.

The plan, according to a statement from NPA and signed by its General Manager Public Affairs, Chief Micheal Ajayi, is a collaboration between the Nigerian Government and the United States of America Trade and Development (USTDA).

According to the statement, the plan is designed to address both long and short-term information technology requirements at all levels both within the organisation and its communities.

Managing Director of NPA, Engineer Omar Suleiman, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Adetola Atekoja, while declaring the process open at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), explained that with the commencement of the programme, operational efficiency will be maintained to support profitability and create a safe and effective system for growth and development.

Atekoja said that with an Integrated Port Community System (IPCIS) in place, all aspects of the Port Community System (PCS) such as invoicing, revenue collection, tracking and many others would become efficient.

Earlier in a presentation to the NPA Management, the leader of a three-man delegation from the United States of America, Mr. Michael Goldsmith, stated that the project which is designed to be executed in five phases would run from February to June 2011.