By Moses Ebosele –
To enhance efficiency at the nation’s seaport, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello has challenged stakeholders to support full automation agenda.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Bello explained that with automation, Nigerian ports would be the regional maritime hub and preferred cargo destination.
According to Bello, automation will lead to increased revenue for the federal government, reduce human contact as well as address unwholesome practices at the ports.
Bello said: “Automation promotes efficiency, transparency and will stop all manual clearing procedures in the ports.”
In her remark, President of LCCI, Nike Akande, emphasized the need for collaboration between the chamber and the council to ensure the realisation of an enabling environment at the ports.
Akande said: “We know that the present administration in Nigeria is committed to rapid economic diversification as well as reforms in the maritime sectors”.
She added: “The decline in crude oil prices has considerably changed our development focus for good”.