Ship­pers’ Coun­cil to tackle hin­drance in ship­ping busi­ness

Daily Trust - - MARTIME -

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)

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