The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, has assured that the Council would promote and protect the interest of freight forwarders in the maritime sector.
Jime gave the assurance when the freight forwarders paid him a familiarization visit at the Council’s headquarters in Lagos on Wednesday.
“Let me start by appreciating you all for finding time out of your respective busy schedules to visit the Nigerian Shippers’ Council. As Port Economic Regulator, the NSC cannot achieve anything without the support of stakeholders such as you, in the maritime sector,” a statement from the Head of Public Relations, NSC, Rakiya Dhikru- Yagboyaju, quoted Jime as saying.
The NSC boss stressed the need for partnership between NSC and freight forwarders to aid the development of the nation’s maritime industry.
He expressed the Council’s readiness to create a level play field for the freight forwarders at the nation’s seaports calling on the practitioners to desist from unethical practices and embrace professionalism in their operations at the nation’s ports.
The National Vice President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Kayode Farinto, who spoke at the meeting, commended the Council and the Port Standing Task Team for the pivotal role they have played by ensuring strict compliance with the Nigerian Port Process Manual (NPPM).
According to him, the introduction of NPPM has begun to address anomalies at the nation’s ports.
Also speaking, the President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief Increase Uche, said the freight forwarding associations are solidly behind the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council. He called on the CEO to sustain the robust working relationship NSC had with NAGAFF under his predecessor.