Shippers Association moves to tackle freight challenges

Shiktra Shalangwa, Abuja

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The Abuja Shippers Association under the Nigerian Shippers Council NSC, has elected new executives to tackle the freight challenges in the sector.

The election was conducted at the NSC office in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria.

In his opening remarks the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello said the Council was the nation’s port economic regulator.

He said that the council was committed in creating an enabling environment for Shippers, Service providers and users at the ports.

Mr. Bello, who was represented by the Abuja Laison Officer, Mohammed Abubakar noted that the new executives must take the drive in ensuring that the association function effectively and tackle all depending challenges in the sector.

“We are committed in creating a platform to address the challenges shippers and other stakeholders face in the sector.

“But we have discovered as regulators that shippers themselves don’t comply with rules and regulations which is the major challenge we are having.

“We will ensure that meetings are held on a regular basis to interact with stakeholders through this platform and resolve issues affecting freight.”

Also speaking the President of National Freight Haulers Association, Mr Jackson Bent applauded the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for playing a ‘pivotal’ role in both the transport and Maritime sector.

He said that the country was drifting away from oil stating that freight is one of the prospective aspects that can drive the economy aside mining and agriculture.

Bent, however, urged the new executives to broaden their knowledge on ways to move the association forward.

“I have to commend NSC for is commitment to this association, for the advancement in bringing shippers council to where it is today and  the repositioning efforts to the economy of this country.

“I want to bring to our notice that what we are doing today is of utmost importance. I therefore urge all of us to broaden our mind in moving the association forward.”