Customs, NDLEA Demand Whisky, Cigarette From Shipmasters At Ports – UK Magazine

Customs, NDLEA Demand Whisky, Cigarette From Shipmasters At Ports – UK Magazine

A United Kingdom based publication, Guide to Port Entry has accused government officials of seeking bribes and gratifications before clearing vessels for berthing at Lagos seaports.
The publication is the most accurate and comprehensive port information resource which assists crew in planning port calls to over 11,400 global commercial ports and terminals.
The book features more than 3,300 pages of port information and over 5,600 port plans and mooring diagrams. Over 9,000 ports, terminals and places are detailed and over 2,000 shipmaster’s reports of conditions experienced and1,800 terminals are featured.
The government agencies that are expected to board and clear vessels on berthing include Port Health Agency (PHA), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Department of State Security (DSS) Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Pollution Control.
However, shipmasters have reported that officers of these government agencies and pilotage officers seek “presents” before performing their duties.
The publication in its report on Lagos ports read, “the process of clearing takes 4-5hours as you may have to deal with many officials demanding various documents. Allow your agent to do the talking to avoid problems with the authorities.
“Masters should have the following ‘presents’ for officials. Beer, 12 cases; soft drinks, 20 cases; whisky, 10 bottles; Cigarette, 20 cartons; Fish, 10 bags (Prepared in advance).
Others are, Chicken, (whole) 5 packets; Longlife milk, 3litres; Apples 10packets; Orange juice, 4 litres and sardines 5packets.”
On pilotage, the publication also accused pilots of seeking gratuities before berthing vessel.
“Pillotage is compulsory, entry during daylight only. Vessels should arrive at the fairway buoy where the pilot arrives by tug two (2) pilots (senior and apprentice) board vessels requesting “presents” prior to berthing the vessel.
However, the lead speaker at the celebration of the 2017 Day of the Seafarers (DotS), Capt. Fola Ojutalayo expressed dismay at Nigerian officials seeking gratuities before discharging their responsibility.
Ojutalayo said what is reported about Nigeria by the Guide to Port Entry is economically and diplomatically damaging to our national image.
He said, “Guide to Port Entry is published by shipping guide Ltd and it is globally believed to be port in go specialist worldwide. Aside from stating that it gets its information from authenticated port authorities agents and operators.”
“All concerned governmental regulatory agencies should as a matter of urgency marshal out an immediate strategic corrective actions to review and amend the attitude of the concerned faces of our ports and also ensure the prompt removal of all embarrassing clauses on the Guide to Port Entry which are economically and diplomatically damaging to our national image.
“A program should be created through discussions and persuasion so that the ports adopt a more helpful attitude towards ships and Seafarers,” he said.

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