BY YUSUF BABALOLA,
Determined to make Nigerian seaports attractive to cargoes in West and Central Africa, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has reiterated its resolve to curb excessive charges and undue delays that has made Nigerian seaports unattractive.
This assurance was made by the director, Inland Transport Service of the council, Mr A. N Makinde yesterday during a day workshop and sensitization workshop on understanding basic international trade and complaints redress mechanism in export/import trade organised by North West Zone of the Council in Dutse.
Makinde assured local and international business community that the Council would mitigate the problems of excessive charges that have made the Ports more attractive and efficient.
He also noted that another biggest challenge confronting business men was lack basic knowledge of international trade terms as well as understanding of complaints redress.
He said, “We not unaware of other challenges faced by shippers and other stakeholders in the export/Import chain, such as high and excessive charges at the port and terminals.
“I want to assure you that with the mandate of the council as port economic regulator we will stop at nothing to mitigate these problems.”
Speaking earlier, the Chairman Dala Inland Dry Port Nigeria Limited, Kano, Alhaji Ahmed Rabi’u said his company which won the concession for operating the Kano dry port in 2003 was only waiting for the declaration of the facility as port of origin and destination for the final technical arrangement for take- off.
His words, “Taking cognisance of the fact that Kano constituted 80 percent of cargo export in the country, the port when eventually put into use will generated.trillion of naira.
In her remark, the zonal coordinator of North West of NSC, Hajia Karimatu Othman, said the Council had been interacting with member of Jigawa state business community particularly importers and exporters.
She however identified lack of knowledge as major impediment to international trade in the zone.
“The objective of the seminar is to sensitize importers/exporters and other stakeholders on basic international commercial terms used in international trade as well as to educate shippers on the role of Nigerian Shippers’ Council in complaints handling,” she concluded.