The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has affirmed council’s determination to achieve cost effective shipping services as obtained in other countries in Africa and around the world in Nigerian ports.
Barrister Hassan Bello, the executive secretary of the council stated this when the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) paid a visit to the council corporate office.
Bello, who gave an indication that all contextual issues regarding illegal shipping charges among service providers will soon be laid to rest said that the council has been discussing with the service providers in the ports on how to achieve cost effective shipping services as obtained in other countries.
“We are working towards ensuring that prices are reasonable and competitive because a shipper has a choice where to take his cargo to. The cost of doing business is one of the substantial considerations we are going to stabilise, together with the service providers, to make the cost come down.
“I think these things will minimise towards the end of the year. You see a lot of coming together, managing tariffs, and eliminating arbitrariness in price fixing,”he said.
Bello disclosed that the council is doing everything possible to achieve a smooth and efficient operating environment at the nation’s ports. He said that the council wants a situation in which importers, including manufacturers, do not encounter difficulties while doing business at the ports. According to him, the target and what the council has been preaching has always been a cost effective and competitive port environment.
He stated that manufacturers are very strategic to the national economy and deserves a conducive port operating environment.
“Manufacturing is what makes a country. A country that does not manufacture is not taken seriously anywhere. That is why in our engagement, we consider the MAN as a key stakeholder without which we can’t execute our mandate. We have done a lot together. We are appointed as regulator so that our manufacturers would face little or no hassles. We have realised that manufacturing is the base for our economy and so we have intervened in various respects.
Bello, who was reacting to the demand by manufacturers that the government should ease the cost of doing business at the ports, assured that all such issues are being addressed. He commended the MAN for their role in coming together to shape the policy of government, adding that together this will be done.