The Chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), General Salisu Inrahim (Rtd.) has called on stakeholders in the maritime sector to collaborate with the management of the Council to help achieve its goal of creating the right environment for trade facilitation in Nigeria.

The Shippers’ Council board chairman made the call in Lagos at a forum put together for stakeholders by the board and management of the NSC.

According to the chairman, “It is true that shipping thrives on cooperation, equilibrium, level playing field, conducive atmosphere, competition, uniformity and internationality of rules, procedures and standards as well as efficient and dynamic dispute resolution mechanisms.

”These, the NSC will try to create so that shipping and transport will contribute maximally to the nation’s economy. Once more, I must reiterate that the achievement of these ideals is only possible with your full cooperation.”

Ibrahim noted that the interactive forum was meant to create an opportunity for the governing board to meet the industry stakeholders and share ideas in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

He hoped that there would be further interactive sections in which ideas would be shared on how to deal with the emerging challenges of the next global stage, as it affects international shipping and transport.

In his words, “Your ideas and needs are quite critical in guiding our policy formulation and advice to government.  Our desire is to deliver maximum service to the industry and we can only do that effectively when we know exactly what the industry wants at a particular point in time.”

He pointed out that it’s impossible to create a responsive and responsible institution that would be the umpire in shipping and transportation without the cooperation and collaboration of the critical stakeholders.


Information from Vanguard was used in this report.