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DESIGN AN IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMPUTER BASED SEAPORT BILLING SYSTEM A STUDY OF NIGERIAN PORT AUTHORITY LAGOS

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ABSTRACT

I am a student of the above institution in computer science department who currently seek to carry out a research work on design and implementation of a computer based seaport billing system, I took this research upon me after my research survey and finding for problems that actually needs at attention and solution. I seek to embark on this research due to the issues the importers and exporter go through to get there containers cleared and pay there bill at the seaport which is so stressful. To those at a distance the have to get down to the seaport for them to get there good cleared. Whereby, adding a computer aided assistance to the current system will help automate the operation and thereby give room for users to make and get there goods cleared at the seaport.

Therefore, I will be designing a system that will automate the operation at the seaport on goods clearing and bill payment using an online platform system, a system that will be secure and reliable for usage and guarantee third party policy. Due to the platform which this system will run on, it will be developed using the web programming tools and language. Therefore, this system will be deployed using PHP, Javascript, Native Java, Jquery, Ajax and mySQL for its development.

INTRODUCTION

Nigeria Ports Authority is a government owned organization under the supervision of the federal Ministry of transport with responsibility of providing specific ports and labor services for the country’s meantime industry.

One of their numerous duties and major functions is the provision of Cargo Handling Quays facilities. Right from the inception of this company, the billing system has been manually processed. The port complex is in the early stage of computerization and the manual method of preparing customers bills are delayed.

A computer based billing system is necessary for handling and preparing of accurate bills for customers. The new system will facilitate the prompt preparation of bills, easy retrieval of information, security to vital information and resource sharing among the billing department.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH

I took time to make inquiry and findings and records shows or has it that the billing system in Nigeria Port Authority, one port has been plagues by several factors based on the current manual process by the use of the Draft import Debit and import Debit Note, these factors includes:

Fills and records are not properly kept

Errors are easily made and hardly detected

A lot of time is wasted to prepare bills

Information is not well documented

Security of files or document is not granted.

OBJECTIVE OF MY STUDY

The primary aim of my research work is to develop a computer based seaport billing system that will handle the bills raised for various customers specifically in NPA, Onne Port. Some other objectives which I will be covering in this research work are as follows:

1.A system that will enhance the security level of the system and secure their data which are sensitive.

2.An easy and friendly user interface system which will allow fast operation and manipulation of data, like inserting of new records, updating of previous records, deleting records, and making query and search on the records at easy, festally and timely.

3.A system here document will be properly kept and managed only by the authorized persons or users.

SIGNIFICANCE OF PROPOSED SYSTEM

Yes this system is essential to be developed, its significant will bring change and enhance the current operation at the seaport which will yield efficiency and effectively standardize the organization.

The chances of frauds of any kind will be drastically reduced as well as errors on customers bill.

The new system saves time and facilitates the prompt raising of bills as delay brings on extra cost to customers.

The information flow is well maintained and it enhances the top management decision making.

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

In order to achieve this project work I choose for the new system design the following tools which include: unified modeling language, PHP hypertext processor as the saver scripting language, cooperated with Ajax Asynchronous JavaScript and Jquery for validations, MY SQL structure query language as the database, java for applets which will run on the network.

The proposed system design will allow the use of activity diagrams, use case, data flow diagrams and a flow chat. This language was chosen because of its wealth of class libraries and features for developing system web based applications.

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