Nigeria’s transportation minister, Chibuike Amaechi has challenged stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry to bring about improvements up to international best practices.
In a speech presented on his behalf by the director of Maritime Services of the Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sani Galadanchi, Amaechi said that stakeholders in the maritime industry should collaborate with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as well as the Federal Ministry of Transportation in bringing this about.
He said the Federal Government would provide the right conditions for the private sector to operate effectively in the maritime sector.
“The Council appreciates its stakeholders, particularly sister government agencies, shipping services providers, shippers, freight forwarders and so on. The NSC is the port sector’s economic regulator,” Amaechi said.
He congratulated the NSC for its continuous engagement with stakeholders, saying that this provided the means of identifying additional values within the maritime industry.
Executive Secretary of the NSC, Hassan Bello said the Council provided the balance necessary to ease the way of doing business at the ports.
“Port operations require synergy because there is need for unity, co-operation and integration to enable both government and stakeholders to have smooth operations,” Bello said.
“We are grateful to the stakeholders because anytime we call on them, they always answer, which has brought tremendous growth to the industry,” he said.
Bello said that the NSC was also working with shipping lines, shipowners and terminal operators and had even signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), with regards the improvement of road access and its effect on port operations.
In 2018 the Council will be involved with data collection in conjunction with the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. Efforts will be geared toward issues affecting ports operations and analysing seamless transportation.
He commended the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for ensuring the security of Nigerians by intercepting smuggled ammunition at the ports.