By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is set to establish a truck transit parks across the country to ease the unnecessary hold and nuisance wrong packing of trucks is causing on the high ways.
This was revealed by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr Hassan Bello, when he visited the headquarters of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group in Abuja.
Addressing the Chairman, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, and other management staff of LEADERSHIP Group, Bello also sought partnership with the most influential newspaper in the nation’s capital.
Bello said the Council under his leadership remain focused in performing its functions noting that aggresive reforms are being put in place to further boost the nation economy.
He listed some of the initiatives to include planned establishment of transit parks noting “We are introducing a model for truck as the ones we see on our highways are an eye saw. We are working with the Police, FRSC to actualize this and ensure compliance when this is put in place.
“We are also looking for investors like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dangote Group and others for support and the Kaduna State government has already expressed interest in the project”.
He continued: “We are also in the transportation arena trying to be the Ombudsman and to talk of it in economic issues. As you know, transportation drives the economy, especially now when we are forced by circumstances to diversify our economy and you cannot find a better place for diversification than transportation.
“Somebody has always said that if we get our transportation policy right, we might as well go and close the oil well because transportation will be able to finance the budget of this country”.
On the council’s activities at the ports, the executive scribe said, “We have contributed in no small measure to the ports where we are the economic regulator. When I came here two years ago, I said we are doing a lot of things to sanitize what’s happening in the ports. We started with Standard Operating Procedure and I am happy to announce that this has been done, whereby every agency in the ports knows what that agency is supposed to do according to international standard.
“This has been launched by the vice president. At that time, he was not the acting president and there is the position of these standard operating procedure being enforced by ICPC, which were pantry”.
Earlier, the chairman of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group, Mr Nda-Isaiah, assured the visiting Shippers Council Team of support and cooperation.