The federal government says it is currently working with the Organised Private Sector to establish modern Truck Transit Parks all over Nigeria.
The aim is to make Nigerian roads safe, secure and also check the loss of cargo occasioned by accidents, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi disclosed yesterday.
The minister also said beyond the Kaduna Inland Dry Port that was launched early this year, the Federal Government was working hard with the organized lrivate sector to see that other six Inland dry ports located in Asia, Funtua, Jos, Ibadan, Kano and Maiduguri come on board soon, adding that consistent steps are being taken by government to encourage transparency in economic activities.
Amaechi made the remarks at the ongoing 15th International Maritime Seminar for Judges organized by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council under the auspices of Federal Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI).
Special guest of honour at the seminar and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen praised the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for organising the biannual event to keep the Judges abreast with the basic and contemporary skills of the complex and dynamics of admiralty laws and practice as it affects the administration of justice.
Onnoghen said Judges must continue to receive special training in order to enhance their performance which will will in turn enable them to handle such technical matters for efficient operation of the maritime industry.
Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello in his vote of thanks underscored the importance of the maritime industry to the nation’s economy, especially as the current government strives to make the non-oil sector the mainstay of the economy.
He pointed to the fact that the judiciary plays a key role in entrenching confidence in h Nigerian business environment.
In his welcome address, Chairman, Governing Board of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mai Mala Buni who highlighted the importance of the maritime sector to the nation’s economy, urged maritime law experts to regularly participate in international seminars as this one organised by Shippers’ Council in order to widen heir knowledge and be better positioned to handle issues relating to the developments of maritime sector effectively.
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