How digitalisation can stem corruption at ports

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The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has stressed the need to fully adopt digitalisation to reduce corruption. In this report, OLUWAKEMI DAUDA writes on why the Federal Government should support the Council in this endeavour for more service delivery.

Why are too many people still going into the nation’s seaports in this era of digitalisation?

This is the puzzle the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Mr Hassan Bello, wants the stakeholders, operators, security, government agencies and port users to solve.

At a press conference in Lagos, Bello said the port can be contactless with the use of computers.

He noted that a non-contact port is the solution to many problems in the system. He listed these as delays, which lead to demurrage, diversion of money, corruption and revenue leakages.

Bello kicked against a situation where many people would converge on the nation’s seaports to transact businesses that could be done from the comfort of their homes and offices. Human contact, in this era of global digitalisation, Bello said, is dangerous because it is non-efficient, causes delays and breeds corruption at the ports.

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