The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) says it will collaborate with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the implementation of Nigeria port process manual, this was made known by the Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer Barr. Hassan Bello at the Head Quarter of NDLEA in Abuja.
Mr. Hassan Bello emphasized the need for effective synergy and collaboration between the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Shippers Council.
Barr. Bello in his address said that the courtesy call was to foster collaboration with the agency. He added that the primary aim is to make Nigerian ports more competitive by reducing the cost of doing business.
According to him, “as our functions as ports regulator, we have our eyes on the cost of doing business in Nigeria, so in the ease of doing business and the cost of doing business, we want to make our ports competitive, so we have to moderate the cost.”
Speaking further, Bello stated that, “the federal government appointed Shippers Council as the lead agency in the operating of Nigeria port process manual, before now they were doing whatever they like to do at the port, but now we have got the standard procedure of many agencies and the Nigeria Port Authority and reduced them into a manual.
Additionally, he stated that “there is no other time to meet with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) than now, we know you are agent of change and transformational. And that you have given your best to this country, we come with high hope that this will be a point of change and you will contribute to that sir.
Furthermore, Bello noted that NDLEA can contribute to port efficiency, remove delay and reduce cost of doing business and promote ease of doing business at the port, because the agency his involve in cargo examination.
Responding, to the Executive Secretary, Brig.Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa(Rtd) OFR, said he has been looking forward to collaborating with NSC, “The Executive Secretary has enriched us with the work of the council and highlighted some of the challenges the Nigerian Shippers are having presently and what efforts have been made.
It will be recall that Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, had launched the Process Manual on Port Operations to boost efficiency and accountability in Nigeria’s port industry, and also ensure predictability.