Shippers’ Council to tackle hindrance in shipping business
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Monday pledged to remove all unpleasant practices that would hinder the effective operation of shipping business in Nigeria.
The NSC Executive Secretary, Mr. Hassan Bello, gave the assurance in Lagos when the council visited shipping company, Grimaldi Lines, to seek their support and cooperation.
Bello said that council was aware of the various investment and contributions of the shipping companies toward the sustained growth of the economy.
He said that the council would carry all stakeholders in the maritime industry along in their new role as regulator.
“We want to make sure that shipping business develops and that the economy of Nigeria also develops. There is the need to sensitise shipping trade to boost revenue for Nigeria.
“Nigeria ports must be efficient to be able to contribute to the economy. We want to ensure that shipping companies adhere to international practise to enhance its business,” he said.
The executive secretary urged the shipping company to collaborate with the council to enable it remove barriers that hindered growth of business in the sector.
“We are not going to be unilateral or arbitrary on our approach, but we will work with every partner to develop the maritime sector,” Bello said.
The Managing Director, Grimaldi Line, Mr. Ascanio Russo, in his response, reassured the council of its cooperation in leveraging the nation’s shipping business.
Russo said that the company was ready to help improve the revenue of the economy through its business.
He advised the council to look into the whole chain of businesses and locate the factors causing impediment to the nation’s maritime business. (NAN)