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Shippers Council seeks more stakeholders’ patronage for Kaduna Inland Dry Port:

The Abuja Liaison Office of the
Nigerian Shippers Council, has urged stakeholders in the sector to patronise
the Kaduna Inland Dry Port to enjoy its benefits.

Mr. Muhammad Abubakar, the
Director who heads the office, made the call at the Abuja Shippers Association’s
2nd Quarter General Meeting on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that the stakeholders
stood a chance to gain more and incur less operating cost if they used the
He recalled that a recent
executive meeting of stakeholders held last week deliberated on issues
bothering on the compliance of members to shipping rules and regulations.
”There was an exciting meeting
last week and some of the issues discussed bother on compliance from shippers.
“There are standards, rules and
regulations guiding the shipping business and we encourage shippers to abide by
“The NSC is always in support
of your businesses and we encourage you to always be on the right side of the
“Infractions on the part of the
shippers constitute major stumbling block on the clearance of the cargo.
“I request the executive
members to sensitise the members on the need to be on the right side of the law
when conducting shipping business as this is very important.
“Also they should sensitise
members on the existence, operations and cost benefit of using Kaduna inland
dry port.
“I strongly believe that by
patronising the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, you stand to gain more and you incur
less operating cost.”
The director said it was important
for members to be aware of these things, adding that if possible, specific
programme should be organise to drive these points.
Abubakar also urged the members
to avoid cutting corners and ensure they do the right thing at all times.
Mr Emeka Madueke, the President
of the association said the aim of the meeting was to draw up a critical
foundation of repositioning the shippers council to achieve a credible status
like that of other global established maritime sector.
Madueke said the association
would work at ensuring ways to support the NSC to tackle the various challenges
faced by shippers.
He expressed appreciation to
the members for finding time to attend the meeting to deliberate on ways of
driving the sector forward.
The Public Relations Officer of
the Association, Mr. Ifesinachi Muoneme, presented the action plan for the
association which included developing an awareness template and hosting of the
shipping symposium.
Commissioning a research on
critical issues affecting shippers and shipping in Nigeria, hosting of annual
shippers conference /AGM and publication of a quarterly shipping newsletter
were also part of the action plan.
Muoneme announced that
committees would be inaugurated to help drive the action plans.
The committee include annual
conference/symposium committee, research and development committee, editorial
and membership committee.
The meeting was attending by
key stakeholders in the maritime sector.
The members also made various contributions
on ways of tackling shipping challenges and moving the sector forward.
Agency Report.

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