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Regulator Charges Terminal Operators, Firms on Efficient Services

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Story:  Francis Ugwoke

The  Ports Commercial Regulator, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC),  Wednesday,  called on  terminal  operators  and shipping companies to  join the Federal Government in the efforts to enthrone efficiency in  ports operation in the country.

Such efficiency , according to the NSC,  will  help in promoting the nation’s economy as far as shipping is concerned and in line with global best practices.

Executive Secretary, NSC, Mr Hassan Bello,  told terminal operators  and shipping companies executives at a meeting in Lagos that  its mandate  is   to promote efficiency in the ports,   adding that   at the end of the day both the service providers and consumers  of ports services would  be better for it.

Bello charged the terminal operators  that they would be doing the federal government and the national economy  every good by providing efficient services at affordable cost to consumers  of shipping services.

He referred to the current way of doing business at the ports, particularly in clearing goods as primitive, adding that the regulator was interested  in ensuring that this trend  was changed.

He  explained that the NSC  was  interested in dialogue on every issue affecting ports operation with the service providers , adding that  his agency will not unilaterally take decision  without due consultations with the stakeholders.

Bello, who said  that it was the duty of the government to  protect the investments  of the  terminal operators and shipping companies,     explained that there was  no plan to intimidate the service providers, but to ensure that  efficiency was taken to high level, as  was the case in other  nations.

“As regulator, we are not lords but coordinators. The ports will regulate itself with competition. It is important to ensure that quality of service is affordable and in accordance with world standard. It is for us to work together. There should be scientific way of setting  up tariff and measuring quality of service”

In her response, the Chairman of the Association of Terminal Operators of Nigeria,   Princess Vicky Haastrup,    assured  NSC  that her members  would  cooperate with the  regulator to achieve its objectives  in the ports.

Haastrup, who commended the Federal Government for  appointing the NSC as ports regulator, said that this was long overdue considering that the ports were concessioned since 8-years ago,  and provided  for in the   concession agreement.

She called on the regulator to protect the interests of both  the consumers  and providers of shipping services,  and  avoid taking sides.

Similarly, the Managing Director of Grimaldi Agency Nigeria Limited, Mr Ascanio Russo, also assured the ports regulator of the cooperation of   his agency. Russo who said that his company has always cooperated with the Council, added that it has no reason   not to do so now that  the Council has become a regulator.

Article Credit: ThisDay newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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Tags:     Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)     Mr Hassan Bello     Princess Vicky Haastrup     Association of Terminal Operators of Nigeria     Mr Ascanio Russo     Grimaldi Agency Nigeria Limited