The state Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in Minna has called on the state government to help facilitate the reopening of the council’s Minna office for business activities to thrive.
President of the Association, Alhaji Jemilu Mohammed, made the call when the newly elected state executive members visited the state Commissioner of Commerce, Investment and Industry, in Minna, on Friday.
Jemilu said the purpose of the visit was to introduce the new leadership of the association and seek areas of collaboration between the ministry and the association, as exporters and importers.
Mohammed noted that the state was blessed with abundant untapped raw materials and called on the state government to initiate a discussion with the shipper’s council to reopen its Minna office.
“The Minna office has been closed down now for about six months, with no reason on why the office was shut down, once the office is reopened, more business activities will move forward,” he said.
He said that the state had the potentials of competing with other states, due to the availability of raw materials, and therefore, solicited the state government’s support.
Responding, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, the Commissioner of Commerce, Investment and Industry, congratulated the new leadership and promised to collaborate with the association.
“I want to assure you that we will see what we can do within the short period left for this administration to work together to tap from the association’s experience,” he said.
Jibrin also gave the assurance of working together with the association, by alerting it of any available opportunity that would bring development to the state.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), has pledged to ensure effective transport/maritime system in Niger state.
Mrs Ify Okolue, Zonal Director, NSC North Central Zone, gave the pledge at the inauguration of new executives of the Niger State Chapter of shippers association in Minna, on Friday.