Concerned Stakeholders Seek Reforms In Maritime Sector

Concerned stakeholders in the maritime industry have advocated for a review of the business processes of both government and private entities operating within the Nigerian maritime sector.

This, according to them, would ensure compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and improve efficiency and service delivery.

The Chief Executive Officer, The Convention on Business Integrity, Mr. Soji Apampa, disclosed this yesterday in Lagos, at a round table discussion, in collaboration with the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN).

The theme of the forum was: “Towards Standard Operating Procedures That Work in Nigeria’s Sea Ports & Terminals.”

According to Apampa, reforming operations in the maritime sector would help reduce obstacles hindering Ease of Doing Business and eliminate bottlenecks that encourages corrupt tendencies.

He said there were structures presently to facilitate compliance of SOPs and ensure training of people at various business organisations operating in and within the port environment.

“There is also the need to further engage with ports/terminal authorities and officials/Officers on the need to smoothen ports/terminals processes and operations and possible consequences (positive and disciplinary) of their actions now and the future.

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