The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has declared target revenue of about N276.75 billion from its 2019 operations.
This was disclosed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA] MD, Hadiza Bala-Usman, who said this during the 2019 budget defence before the House of Representatives Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways, said the net revenue from oil source is N255.69 billion.
She further explained that the organisation’s total expenditure for the year is estimated at N229.91billion. This is made up of N110.71 billion for operating expenses; N52.13 billion for overhead costs; N58.8 billion for pension cost and N119.21 billion for capital expenditure. She added that NPA plans to remit N20.62 billion into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) from its projected 2019 operating surplus of N25.77 billion.
Usman, however noted that the nation’s seaports are losing ship and cargo traffic because of certain government policies that are discouraging importation. She said: “We have noted a reduction in traffic coming into our ports. We attribute this to the fact that Nigeria has been advocating for self-sustenance in terms of manufacturing and consuming what it produces.
“And so, this attendant reduction in cargo, in our understanding, is attributable to that because some of the items that constitute this drop include for example, the automobile policy, which had increased the cost of importation of automobiles from 30 to 70 percent in order to stimulate manufacturing in Nigeria. So, there is steep decline in the importation of vehicles.
She stated further that , “We also have an additional list of items that have been banned from importation. This is to try to stimulate production of certain items in the country and also ensuring that most agric produce are produced and consumed in Nigeria.
“So you can see the number of ocean going vessels reducing. The agencies that work around revenue generation for importation of cargo will be seen not to have performed,” she said.
Also speaking , Chairman of the House Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways, Pat Asadu, however, said poor cargo clearing processes at the ports may have contributed to the drop in cargo volumes.He said, “I don’t want us to just dismiss this. You may want to look to see what other things are going on. I think maybe we should look at things like efficiency of cargo clearance. We know what is going on with the congestions at the ports. I have no doubt in my mind that there are a lot of other factors.”
Meanwhile, the NPA described reports of financial misappropriation allegedly raised by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, as false, without foundation.The Authority said in a statement, “These reports are false and without foundation. While audit queries are part of the standard operating procedures to entrench accountability in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the NPA has, at this moment, not received queries of the nature being circulated in the media. The management of the authority has answered audit queries to the satisfaction of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation in past years and is committed to providing evidence that all our operations have followed due process in the event of any queries in the future.”