The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has commissioned a state-of-the-art ultra-modern e-Documents Management and Records centre at its Corporate Headquarters in Marina Lagos in a bid to enhance operational efficiency.
The Acting Managing Director of the Authority, Mohammed Bello Koko, who unveiled the e- centre, described it as a testament to the management’s relentless efforts aimed at comprehensively improving the agency’s position at developing seamless customer-based services and operations.
He noted that it is the strategic intent of the authority to sustain competitiveness in the sub-region by giving priority to documents safety through automation and digitalization
Bello Koko stated that in adherence to the Authority’s plan to deploy a 360-degree Document Management solution, management aspires to migrate from physical archiving to digitalization up to workflow via Electronic Documents Management Solution (EDMS) with strategies to localise same at Port locations as functional retention centres.
At the moment the Authority has two other functional retention centres in Apapa and Port Harcourt to serve the Lagos and Eastern ports respectively.
This is in addition to another record centre undergoing automation located along the Apapa port area.
The NPA Acting Managing Director added that the speed and seamless nature of the EDMS in records storage and processing has a bearing on the organization’s desire in achieving customer satisfaction and excellence whilst promoting the Ease of doing business.
He said: ”In fact, this event is very much in synchronization with our drive towards attaining compliance status of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).
The ISO framework for records Management, positions organisations like the NPA to reap the benefits of enhanced records Management.
This he said, includes meeting legal obligations for accurate storage and retrievals” adding that the documents Management Solutions would institute a clear regime of improved accountability and transparency in addition to strengthening our auditing system and training process to a world-class standard.
The Documents solution centre which is of the American model, will not only serve as a source for information storage and retrieval but as a reservoir of data of enduring values.
Bello Koko further expressed confidence at the realization of the Authority’s vision of deploying a single window to access records across all Port locations.
While the Documents solution Centre is expected to serve as an antidote to vandalism, theft and arson, the Acting Managing Director, enjoined all staff of the Authority to take ownership of the facility, reminding them to deepen their maintenance culture while also admonishing them not to let the investment in the project be a wasteful venture.
He said it is envisaged, that before the end of 2021, the pilot project of the end-to-end documents management solution would have been achieved.
NIMASA set to open Lokoja office to harness waterways resources
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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She took over from Comptroller AM Adegbite who was re-deployed to Edo/Delta Area Command.
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“On behalf of the entire Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service, I wish to inform you that we will partner with you in this campaign, and we will grant you all forms of support you may need to carry out this campaign — and I want to assign one of our amiable DCGs, Abba Kura, to work with you closely.”
He appreciated how they traveled from afar to inform the Nigeria Customs Service of their campaign against smuggling, which, according to him, the Nigeria Customs Service has already started yielding positive results in suppressing the menace of smuggling.
The CGC also welcomed Dr Raymond’s offer to engage officers and men of the Service in capacity—building to enhance their understanding of digital literacy skills, adding that the Service has already started embracing technology to advance its work by introducing related courses to officers.
The CGC appreciated the collaborative effort between the Nigeria Customs Service and UN—Habitat and believes that the collaboration signifies a commitment to tackling smuggling and enhancing trade facilitation in the nation, setting the stage for a more prosperous future.
He also appreciated their pledge to train officers and men of the Service in digital literacy skills, assuring that the Service will continue to prioritize proficiency in the fight against smuggling through a technological approach.
He underscored the importance of digital skills, promising that the relevant Service department will enhance trade facilitation.
On his part, the Director of UN—Habitat, Dr. Raymond Edoh, appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for reposing the responsibility of heading the Nigeria Customs Service on the Acting Comptroller-General, describing him as “a competent Customs officer who knows the terrain and masters the job.”
According to him, they decided to visit the Ag. CGC at the Customs Headquarters to express their interest in partnering with the Service.
He appreciated the Service for being a “gatekeeper of the country” that protects citizens against border threats, stressing that his organization will collaborate with NCS to mitigate the smuggling of illicit goods and train officers and men of Customs on digital literacy skills and certification.
UN-Habitat is the United Nations entity responsible for developing urban policies and translating them into action to create sustainable cities and promote viable urban development and adequate shelter for all.
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