Shippers Council As Port Economic Regulator Will Drive Trade Facilitation – Exec. Secretary
The executive secretary and chief executive officer Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello has said that the appointment of the council as the nation’s port economic regulator has given it further impetus to drive trade facilitation initiative at the nation’s ports and to ensure that the country reaps the dividend of the port concession exercise.
Barrister Bello made the disclosure at the Nigerian shippers council town hall meeting with stakeholders in Kaduna, Kaduna state.
According to the executive secretary who was
represented by the deputy director public relations Mr. Ignatius Ngoke, the town hall meeting with
stakeholders was part of strategic efforts for assessing the impact of market forces on shipping service delivery.
“The main objective of this meeting is to provide a platform for interaction between the government and the providers and consumers of shipping, ports and transport services to discuss issues that have. Implications for the performance of our ports.
“The meeting is very significant to the activities of the Council as it is expected to promote dialogue and facilitate discussions on various aspects of ports operation sand governance, which would reveal stakeholders views on port service quality and efficiency as well as serve as a scorecard for council’s performance at addressing the concerns of stakeholders in port operations”.
On his part, the director Consumer affairs department represented by the deputy director Bilateral and multilateral trade, Mr Moses Oyebola lamented that the chaotic state of the ports has made them unfriendly and unattractive for business compared to other ports in the sub-region.
Towards this end, he said, the ultimate goal of the council is to ensure that it collectively sanitise the Nigerian ports. ” we must therefore collaborate and cooperate as stakeholders to remedy the anomalies in our Port Industry to enable it contribute maximally to the growth of our nation’s economy.”
In their separate speeches, President Kaduna state shippers association, Mohammed Abdulsalam and the representative of the standard organization of Nigeria, Mr Danlami Emmanuel Datti described the stakeholders meeting as a way of collaboration, promoting dialogue and discuss issues that affect the shipping services in the country.
According to the representative of the standard organization of Nigeria, the stakeholders meeting will afford stakeholders with the opportunity to review on port service quality and efficiency as well as addressing the concerns of stakeholders on port operations.
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