By Mobolaji Odunuga
The Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Malam Habib Abdulai has assured the Nigeria Shippers’ Council of the authority’s support and co operation.
He said this when the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello paid a courtesy visit to the management of NPA at the authority headquarters Marina, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The NPA Managing Director assured that the authority is ready to cooperate and support the shippers council in its new role, adding that it would amount to failure on the part of NPA if NSC fails directing that office accommodation be provided for the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in all the ports across the nation in order to enhance better performances of its new roles as the economic regulator in the nation’s port industry.
Habib Abdullahi noted that he sees the visit to all sister agencies as planned by the NSC as a sensitisation of stakeholders of the various roles of the council for the mutual benefits of everyone in the port industry and appealed to relevant stakeholders to support the council in the discharge of its new mandate.
While commending the NSC Executive Secretary for the initiative, the Managing Director noted that the sensitisation visits will enable stakeholders in the industry to have a better understanding of the new functions of the NSE.
The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello said the purpose of the visit was to solicit cooperation and support from NPA which is the first organisation the council was visiting in its sensitisation visit programme.
The Executive Secretary noted further that the council will continue to press for quality services in the industry and ensure that there is a balance in relationship between service providers and users in the industry.
He acknowledged that NPA was the most ardent supporter of NSC when a regulator was being sought for the industry, adding that the position of NPA was always clear at all times.
He also commended the initiative of the present NPA Management for introducing E-payment solution which was applauded by stakeholders and promised to complement the efforts of NPA to sanitise the ports since both organisations are determined to achieve the same objective adding that the council will collaborate with Nigerian Ports Authority to move the industry forward.
Present at the meeting are: the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr Olumide Oduntan; General Manager, Finance, Mr C.J Okonji; General Manager, New Business Joint Venture, Mrs Ugo Madubuike; General Manager, Security, Col. Jamil Tahir (Rtd) as well as General Manager, Capital Projects, Engr. Mohammed Rufai; while some directors and NSC assistant directors accompanied the Executive Secretary of NSC on the courtesy visit.