The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Emmanuel Jime, has declared that his desire is to ensure total compliance to the Council’s statutory obligation as the economic regulator of the ports.
Jime, who stated this at the recently concluded Federal Ministry of Transportation Ministerial Retreat held in Lagos noted while there has been an improvement in level of compliance by service providers, there is need to ensure that the Council’s regulatory authority is properly established with a view to further enthroning greater efficiency at the port.
He said, “I know that it is critical to the agency that will ensure that our regulatory authority is established properly so that if we have the clarity in the port and the regulatory environment, that effectively will allow for efficiency in service delivery. And this is a cardinal objective of our agency.
“I met a situation where in the past, we have heard some level of resistance as far as our regulatory powers are concerned. That is improving. My desire is to see how we can ensure that there is total compliance to our regulatory jurisdiction. I believe once we are able to achieve that, the industry is the better for it.”
Jime assured that the Council under his watch will ensure completion of Inland Dry Ports (IDPs), Vehicle Areas, (VTAs) Border Information Centers (BICs) and other projects which his predecessor, Hassan Bello embarked upon.
Jime, who presented the report of the Council’s activities from 2019 to 2020, commended the Federal Ministry of Transportation for the retreat, stating that the initiative provides a unique opportunity for the maritime agencies and top officials of the Ministry of Transportation to cross-fertilize ideas on projects for the elevation of the maritime sector in Nigeria.
He assured that NSC would not relent in its effort at ensuring seamless transactions at the ports.
Other agencies present at the retreat were the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and top officials of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.