Barrister Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, has called for collaboration amongst agencies in the Maritime industry.
He said the collaboration would help move the maritime sector forward.
Bello who was speaking in his office applauded the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for embarking on the culmination of Single Window Platform that will capture all agencies in the Sector in a single portal.
The ES noted that the National Carrier, Single Window Platform and construction of Standard Guage Railway line across the country will aid Commerce in no small measure.
He said, “They are top priority projects of the Honourable Minister and they are very significant. By the time it is crystallized, Nigeria and the way business is carried out in the ports will never remain the same,” he pointed out.
Bello who sees development of the Maritime Industry as key, observed that for meaningful development to be achieved, all agencies in the Sector must collaborate with one another.
“They should work together, if this is done, a lot of things will reduce.
” The port portal has been launched by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President and we still need to introduce it to the community. It will cut costs and cargoes will not spend a day at the ports. If it does, then punitive measures will be applied on the agency that is responsible for the delay, “ he explained.
Bello appealed to institutions, elder statesmen in the Maritime industry to look for avenues like the Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, so as to resolve some issues outside the Court. “Due to legal processes, NSC have not been able to perform some functions.
“We could settle somethings outside the Court of law as soon as possible so as to not only facilitate trade seamlessly, but also to move the sector forward. If this is done, changes will take place in the Industry”, he pointed out.
While noting that Nigeria is filled with Customs brokers and not freight forwarders which is a specialized profession as is practiced globally, Bello hinted that the Council is working towards professionalizing the industry.
“With the way the Minister for Transportation is going, in the next two years or less, human contact at the ports in Nigeria will be totally eliminated so as to do away with corruption which is dwarfing the Sector.
“The Council is developing truck transit parks that will streamline the country’s transport industry in line with international best practices.
I call on freight forwarding bodies, truckers and critical stakeholders in the supply chain to come together and form consortium so as to achieve the best the sector can offer. I also call on all to embrace this change that is coming”, the executive secretary of NSC appealed.