282 Missing Vessels: No Evidence To Support Your Allegation, NPA Tells Senate
Following allegations that 282 vessels got missing under the watch of the NPA between 2010 and 2016 by the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has countered the allegations, saying there is no clear evidence to support such claims.
In a statement signed by its Principal Manager, Ibrahim Nasiru, the authority maintained that it had carried out a thorough check on the allegations and found it not to be true.
The statement titled: ‘Alleged 282 Missing Vessels: Our Position’ partly reads:
“On July 20, 2017, the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff handed over documents containing a list of 29 items which are a combination of vessels and details of individual bill of ladings of consignments carried by different vessels to representatives of NPA for review.
“On July 24, 2017, the NPA received another set of 10 volumes of items numbering 1-1252 alleged to have been transported by vessels said to have called at the NPA. This was delivered to the authority by the Nigerian Shippers Council on the instructions of the Senate committee.
“The NPA has reviewed the documents as requested by the committee and has discovered that of the 29 items handed over to the NPA on July 20, 2017, only five vessels were identifiable.
“We discovered that the other 24 items are repetitions of the five vessels that were identified. A report to this effect with relevant supporting documents evidencing payment of all charges for the five vessels has been forwarded to the Senate committee as requested.”