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CIECOBON seeks Shippers’ Council’s cooperation in export promotion… wants export-specific port

The Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON) has sought the cooperation of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) for export promotion.

President of the Institute, Dr. Ayobami Omotoso, made the appeal recently when he led a delegation of members on a courtesy visit to Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer and Management of Nigerian Shipper’s Council, in Lagos.

Omotoso also called on the Shippers’ Council to appeal to the Federal Government to establish an export-specific port to further encourage exports.

The Shippers’ Council in a statement at the weekend said that the CIECOBON president made it known that “lack of flat-bottomed vessels to transport cargos to Apapa rendered the use of Ikorodu Lighter Terminal once designated for export, a dead- on- arrival decision.”

Dr. Omotoso disclosed that one of the shipping lines operating in the sub-region has been providing open roof-top vessels for Ghanaian exporters of produce.

He pleaded with NSC to discuss the possibility of extending such a service to Nigerian exporters because the reefer containers that should ordinarily be used are too expensive for many exporters.

In his response, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Hon Emmanuel Jime, welcomed the delegation and assured them that part of NSC’s mandate, being in alliance with that of CIECOBON, would result in a partnership for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

He commended the doggedness of CIECOBON in promoting export through advocacy and capacity building. He enjoined the body to keep forging ahead in its mission with patriotic zeal.

He also assured Dr. Omotoso and his delegation that NSC would discuss the request for open rooftop vessels.

The Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON ) came into existence in 2015 following National Assembly approval of the merger of the Institute of Export of Nigeria (IEON) and Commodity Brokers Association of Nigeria (CBAN).

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