Encomiums : As NAGAFF Honours former Shippers’Council boss, Hassan Bello as Grand Patron

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  • He is the best person to take over from Transport Minister- Dr Aniebonam
  • He is a competent administrator- ANLCA Vice President
  • It’s an honour well deserved for Bello – Lagos NUJ Chairman
  • His humility is outstanding – SAL President
  • He is Journalists delight – Ray Ugochukwu

(Report by Udeme Clement):

It was a moment of encomiums yesterday, at Rockview hotel, Apapa, Lagos, as National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), honoured the Immediate past Executive Secretary, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barr. Hassan Bello, in grand style.

The reception organised by the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, and the entire Management team of the Association was the best of its kind. It was indeed glamorous, as the banquet hall of Rockview hotel was filled to capacity with top government functionaries, freight forwarders, licensed Customs Agents, Shippers, truckers, logistics managers, Customs officers, Journalists and maritime stakeholders from all walks of life.
Even the upper compartment of the hall was equally filled with guests, who turned out in large number to honour Barr. Bello.

In his remarks, Dr Aniebonam described Hassan Bello, as humility personified,
saying his performance in office was most remarkable and highly commendable.

Extolling the good qualities of ex-Shippers’ Council boss,
Dr Aniebonam enthused; “We all saw his efforts in keeping the ports functional during COVID-19 lockdown. He has in-depth knowledge of the industry and he was passionate about his job.

“He discharged his duties with humility and highest level of professionalism. He carried relevant stakeholders along including freight forwarders in the industry. We
want Hassan Bello, back to continue the good work he started. He is the best person to take over from Rotimi Amaechi, as Transport Minister after 2023. He
merits the consideration of Minister of transport, looking at his qualification and track record.”

Also speaking, the
President of NAGAFF, Mr Increase Uche, said Barr. Bello, while in office brought fresh impetus to bear in activities of the Council, thereby repositioning the Council for greater performance.

His assertions; “Bello is one of the most
detribalised Nigerians and very courageous in carrying out his official assignments.
We are celebrating him for his outstanding achievements in office, which includes abrogation of all forms of illegal and unapproved charges introduced by terminal operators, which brought about immeasurable relief to freight forwarders and Shippers.

“Others include promotion of inter-agency relationship to ensure working synergy; re-enforcement of complaint and monitoring unit of the Council for prompt response to grievances from port users; constant stakeholders’ engagement and regular interface with relevant parties in the maritime logistics supply chain.

“Deployment of Council officials for constant monitoring of service providers; setting up of conflict management and resolution mechanism to address all forms of disagreements; protection of cargo and Shippers investments through various Interventions; collaboration with other shippers Councils in West and Central Africa to address issues of peak period surcharge, war risk, banks adjustment factor, high freight rate by shipping lines.

“He piloted the creation of Standards Operating Procedures (SOP), for all the stakeholders in the industry to support ease of doing business. He also championed the creation of Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM), to consolidate the SOP in digitalising the ports to eliminate sharp practices, among other achievements.”

In his goodwill message, the National Vice President of ANLCA, Dr Kayode Farinto, described Bello, as a game changer, who changed the Council from passive to activate agency of government.

Dr Farinto informed; ‘He has added value to the Council and he deserves a national award for a job well done.”

In his remarks, the President, Shippers Association of Lagos State (SAL), Rev Jonathan Nicol, described Bello, as being vctorious throughout his eight years tenure in Shippers’ Council.

His words; “His eight years was a period of adventure for us in the shipping sub-sector. When shipping companies took him to Court, we won. When terminal operators acted funny, we stood by him. Now, he has stepped aside, leaving me in the turbulence waters. One day, we will sing a victorious song together”.

The President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO ), Chief Remi Ogungbemi,,
described Barr. Bello, as a transformational leader, who brought
dynamic leadership and unparallel humility to public service.

The words of Chief Remi, “He is restless to bring about positive changes for the maritime industry and a better tomorrow”.

The former Chairman, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Alhaji Tsanni Abubukar described Mr Bello, as an ICON.
He said; “I have seen his achievements, I am impressed. He has made the industry practitioners proud. He is a technocrat, patriotic Nigerian, passionate and focused in his assignments.”

The Chairman, NAGAFF Board of Trustees (BoT), Mr Mazi Chidiebere, said; “Words are scarce to use in describing the MAN Hassan Bello is. As CEO of Shippers’ Council, he never took it as a personal position. He didn’t bring EGO to public office. His door was always opened. So humble a person”.

The representative of the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, said; “When we heard that NAGAFF, an organisation that is always very critical and wants uprightness in performance was going to honour a public servant, we knew the credibility Barr. Bello.

“This reception organised for Bello, especially coming from NAGAFF is an honour well deserved. This is a lesson for us public servants to know that people are watching us wherever we are. I’m highly impressed. Bello’s performance is quite commendable. He should be given more strategic responsibility where he will bring his expertise to bear in morning the industry forward”.

The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, described Barr. Bello, as a man with large hard.

Ajayi said; “He reformed the Council, making it very competitive. While in office, he supported capacity building programmes for the media. I am calling on other agencies to emulate his example in supporting training programmes for Journalists.

Also, the President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, described Bello as Journalists delight.

Ugochukwu stressed; “Bello is someone who responds to Clarion call.
While in office, he identified with Journalists. He didn’t push Journalists away and surround himself with media consultants. Look at how the entire maritime industry is celebrating him today.”

The high point of the occasion was the conferment of the prestigious honour of Grand Patron of NAGAFF on Barr. Bello.

In his response, Bello expressed great pleasure on the honour bestowed on him by NAGAFF, and the whole maritime industry, even as he called on all stakeholders to give his successor similar support at all times.

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