DAILY TRUST, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Page 19
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Mr. Hassan Bello recently said most maritime agencies as well as shipping firm have achieved about 50% automation of their port facilities.
He said full automation of the ports could be reached by March 2021. Speaking in Lagos recently, Bello said: Automation is sure to make progress the Regulation Department (NSC) has already given us a report on areas that are already automated and what is the deficit. So many things are done online NSC has carried out a survey on levels of automation and clearing for containerized goods and RoRo cargo at shipping lines.
Bello said the Council has already carried out a survey on area where automation has taken place at the ports, adding that what the Council would now do was to ensure that other areas where digitalization has not taken place key into the project.
President of the National Association of Government Approved freight forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief increase Uche, said that was carried crucial in ports, operation especially with the ravaging coronavirus pandemic “we need to deport from this manual processing of any stage of port operation”.