By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), the port economic regulator has urged stakeholders in the maritime sector to embrace new order that would lead to cost effective of operations at the ports.
Also the body has made a strong case for the establishment of National Shipping Association to further boost trading.
NSC at a one day seminar on ethics and integrity in conjunction with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for maritime stakeholders in Lagos urged investors in shipping and entire maritime sector to adopt international best practice in order to enhance trade facilitation.
This according to Executive Secretary of NSC, Malam Hassan Bello would boost the nation’s development.
Bello, speaking on the theme of the seminar, tagged “Ethics and Integrity in Shipping Trade” encouraged thestakeholders to play by the rules.
According to him, this would further compliment Federal Government’s dream of enthroning a regime of Ease of Doing Business in the country.
He called for adherent to international best practice as an antidote to boost emergence of a new port order.
He said if embraced, would reduce cost and improved efficiency in the port system.
“The Nigerian Shippers Council’s goal is to promote an efficient port system that will encourage healthy competition, enthrone transparency, facilitate trade, and reduce cost of doing business.
‘‘The key priority of the council is to ensure that shippers are constituted into strong and formidable blocks capable of negotiating with transport service providers on freight payable and associated transport costs’’ Bello said.