Port industry development : NSC Boss visits Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
By Udeme Clement :
In a bid to stimulate port industry development, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shipper’s Council, NSC, Mr Hassan Bello, has paid a working visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Alausa, Lagos.
Bello, who went in the company of some directors of NSC explained that the
visit becomes necessary for him to brief the Governor on key issues, such as 24 hours port operations, multi-modal approach to cargo delivery/evacuation, digitalisation of the post operations, as well as traffic management.
The NSC boss pointed out the importance of synergy and coordination, even as he said that provision of infrastructure should be given priority in development port.
His words, “if infrastructure is not properly coordinated or integrated, very little progress will be achieved”.
Speaking further, Bello
commended Lagos State and the Federal Government, while emphasising on the urgent need to complete the ports access roads, in order to enhance trade facilitation.
More so, the Council boss presented to Governor Sanwo-Olu and his team, 2015 NSC-commissioned National Freight Information and Transport Hub, NAFITH, report, which outlined solutions to Apapa traffic problem that came up after concessioning of the ports.
He offered the Council’s assistance to train LASTMA officials for better service delivery in the port axis, an offer that was well-received by the Governor, who added that LASTMA should have an office in Apapa.
Bello also informed the Governor about monthly meeting of Heads of Maritime agencies brought about by the existing synergy among them.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was at the meeting with his Deputy, Dr. Femi Hamzat, the Commissioner of transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, permanent secretary in the ministry of transport, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu and Special Assistant – Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, assured the Council’s boss of his cooperation.