The Nigerian Shippers Council says, to ensure gender equality in the Maritime Transport industry, the Council would ensure that thirty five percent of women are employed at dry ports created across the country, where at least five thousand people will be employed directly.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council NSC, Barrister Hassan Bello stated this at a one day seminar organised for Members of Abuja Transport and Aviation Correspondence Association, with the theme ‘optimising the full potentials of the transportation industry through Journalism’ held in Abuja.
The pilot States for the inland dry ports are Funtua-Katsina State, Heipang-Plateau State, Ibadan-Oyo State, Isiala ngwa- Abia State and Kaduna State which has been completed.
Mr Bello also hinted that the Council was working with the Federal Capital Territory to acquire land for a dry port and Truck Transit Park within the Territory to avoid indiscriminate parking and avoid congestion within the city.
The NSC Boss further said that the Council was working to reduce the cost of doing business in the country by thirty percent by reducing cargo clearance price.
He said one of the major challenges of the cargo clearance is multi model transportation, which contributed to the gridlock at the Apapa seaport, and added that the Council will ensure that new seaports are developed with inter model connectivity.
Mr Bello also revealed that the Country looses about nine billion naira annually to foreign shipping lines due to absences of an indigenous shipping line.
He said it became imperative to enable the speedy implementation of the National Fleet to reduce the loss and boost the country’s economy.
“Nigeria lost $9bn in 2015 for freight because Nigerians don’t own or operate ship in the international carriage of goods and also on the wet cargoes, and that is why it is important we pursue this issue of National Fleet implementation”.