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Federal Government to Provide Conducive Environment for Nigerian Shippers' Council

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Federal Government to Provide Conducive Environment for Nigerian Shippers' Council
The Federal Government has promised to create a favorable working environment for the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) in order to enhance the timely disposal of overtime cargoes and improve service delivery at the country's ports. The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, made this known during his recent visit to the NSC Headquarters in Lagos. Oyetola also acknowledged the significant contributions of the council and expressed his commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the maritime sector.

The Federal Government has pledged to ensure the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) operates in a conducive environment that facilitates the efficient and timely disposal of overtime cargoes at ports across the country. This commitment was announced by the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, during his working visit to the NSC Headquarters in Lagos.

Oyetola commended the NSC Management for their achievements and contributions to the maritime sector. However, he expressed concern over the poor state of the ports' infrastructure, extended cargo clearance time, and the activities of foreign fishing firms. These challenges, according to him, are detrimental to the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the port operations.

One of the major factors responsible for the delayed clearance of cargoes, as highlighted by the Minister, is the long and bureaucratic processes. These processes frustrate shippers, compelling them to abandon their containers at the ports. Oyetola assured the NSC that he would engage the leadership of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to address the issue of abandoned cargoes and other bottlenecks.

The Executive Secretary of the NSC, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, also addressed the urgent matters requiring attention, including the amendment of the NSC Act to establish effective port economic regulation. Jime emphasized that the NSC plays a crucial role in regulating policy-making within the maritime space, with the goal of positioning Nigeria as the maritime hub in the sub-Western Region. He further stated that the implementation of the International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN) and the establishment of a National Fleet are among the council's current concerns.

In a separate visit to the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), the Acting Registrar, Chinyere Uromta, appealed to the Minister to reconsider the exclusion of CRFFN from the national budgetary allocation. Uromta highlighted the crucial role the council plays in the freight forwarding sector, ensuring the logistics of the supply chain subsector and Nigeria's shipping industry operate with utmost professionalism.

The Minister acknowledged the efforts of the CRFFN and expressed his willingness to consider their request. He recognized the council as a vital player in enhancing the Nigerian economy and emphasized the need for urgent amendments to the CRFFN Act.

The Federal Government's assurance to provide a favorable working environment for the NSC and address the challenges faced by the maritime sector is a promising development for the efficient operations of Nigerian ports. With these reforms and improvements, the country's ports can become more competitive and contribute significantly to the growth of the blue economy agenda.

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