The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has expressed it readiness to partner Nigerian Chapter of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers as part of measures to ensure effective training and capacity development.
Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Hassan Bello disclosed this in Lagos when he received the officials of ICS led by the Chairman Capt. S. Olarewaju who paid him a courtesy call.
Bello described the working visit as timely and appropriate, adding that it came at a time when the Ministry of transportation is taking stock to synergize all aspect of shipping.
According to him, NSC being the economic regulator of the ports has the role of advising government on macro-economic issues as it affects shipping and transportation.
He explained that in order to achieve that, there is the need for the Council to seek knowledge on types of ships, vessels, the configurations and trade routes.
Explaining further, he said the Council need to know about the different branches of shipping like freight forwarding, consolidation of cargoes among others which according to him will help in advising the government “especially now that Nigerian Shippers Council is the Chairman of the Nigerian Fleet Implementation Committee”.
Bello said: “If you control the means of transportation, you control the trade. There is the need for us to own and operate ships in order to boost our economy through the earning that we will get. It is not right to leave it in the hands of foreigners to control the shipping, make money in our country and go”.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Institution, Capt. S. Olarewaju called for patronage and support from the Council by sponsoring its workforce on short and long term professional and skill development programmes.
The ICS boss explained that the Institute of Chartered ShipBrokers London was brought to Nigeria in order to support economic growth.
He also used the opportunity to commend the Council for its meaningful contributions to the nation’s maritime sector.