We warned NPP to pilot new port systems -NDC
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has admitted it warned the governing New Patriotic Party (NDC) against the introduction of the new single window system at the ports of entry.
According to the NDC, the abrogation of the contracts of Ghana Community Systems Network Limited (GCNET) and West Blue Company Limited for the introduction of the Integrated Customs Management Systems (ICUMs) at the ports is delaying processes of doing business across the country.
The NDC as a party warned the NPP to tread cautiously with the introduction of the ICUMs system and pilot it until the contract of the existing companies elapsed but they failed to listen he maintained.
The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyenfi made this admission on Accra-based Asempa FM’s afternoon socio-political programme hosted by Phillip Osei Bonsu after the party visited the Tema Port in the Greater Accra Region to interact with the members of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GHIFFs) to hear their frustrations at first hand.
There is a state of confusion at the ports since ICUMs was introduced by the NPP he added.
He added that the move to abrogate the contracts of the two companies engaged under NDC's administration was to give way for UNIPASS, now Integrated Customs Management Systems (ICUMS) to take over the single window operations at the ports.
He stressed that NPP's action to abrogate the contracts was in blatant disregard of the existing contract.
He says ICUMs has resulted in people at the ports writing two -page invoices for customers to clear the goods at the ports.
The situation at the ports is creating a bad image for the country when at a point in time under the administration of the NDC led by ex-president John Dramani Mahama created the seamless process at the ports of entry.
What is happening at the ports is creating a bad perception in the minds of businesspeople in the country he said.
The situation at the ports reflects the bad governance system by the administration of the NPP led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo he emphasized.