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Transport Minister reaffirms Shippers’ Council as economic regulator

…Enjoins stakeholders to cooperate with the council
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has been reaffirmed as the economic regulator of the Nigerian port industry.
Giving the reaffirmation on Friday at a sensitization seminar jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the council on “Promoting Competitiveness in the Maritime Industry: The Mandate of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, the Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Jaji Sambo reiterated the position of the Federal Government that NSC is the economic regulator of the port industry and enjoined stakeholders operating in the industry to cooperate the council.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Magdalene Ajani, also advised the stakeholders to get acquainted and be conversant with the supervisory role of NSC.
He recalled that the NSC was appointed interim port economic regulator in 2015 to effectively regulate tariffs, rates, charges and other related services as well as monitor all matters relating to the cost, standard and quality of services rendered by the regulated service providers.
He reiterated that NSC is the economic regulator while the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) remains the technical and supervisory regulator.
The minister declared that the two agencies are working within the Nigerian port system for the good of the industry and advised those in court to embrace the regulatory roles of the two government agencies.
Sambo reiterated that NSC remains the port economic regulator pending the time the National Transport Commission would come into being to regulate the transport industry.
The Permanent Secretary earlier said she was glad that the two agencies, NSC and NPA, known to be fighting each other, have agreed to work together for the common good of the industry.
She hinted that the ministry is looking at committee reports with a view to implementing some of them.
In his presentation, the guest speaker, Prof. Bongo Adi, a Professor of Development Economics and Data Analytics, Lagos Business School, said that NSC was appointed the port economic regulator in 2014 to promote competitiveness and compliance in the maritime sector.
The professor noted that the agency was appointed the regulator almost a decade after ports were concessioned.
He stated that this was a challenge as it became a regulator that took no part in the concession exercise.
Describing NSC’s late appointment as leading from behind to enforce competitiveness,
Bongo noted that the port industry is naturally monopolistic because entrance into the industry is not open.
He explained that the competition arising from its monopolistic nature is what NSC is to regulate for competitiveness.
According to him, the most important sector of the economy is the foreign sector where the country interacts with the rest of the world through imports and export.
The professor charged that NSC must promote competitiveness that will buoy the nation’s export, saying that Nigeria’s monetary policy has become sterile.
Bongo declared that the only thing that can save Nigeria is export which must come in form of diversification.
He warned against relying on agricultural produce which he labeled as inferior goods.
He emphatically stated that agriculture should not be the priority except for the purpose of export.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, NSC, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime said that the maritime industry plays an important role in national development.
He noted that with the concession of the ports in 2006, cargo throughput increased, adding that about 70 percent of exports pass through the seaport.
Jime stated that the ports need to be made competitive to guard against monopoly.
He informed that it’s against this backdrop that the Federal Government appointed NSC as the port regulator.
The NSC boss expressed appreciation to the Federal Ministry of Transportation and other sister agencies for their support in making the council carries out its duties.
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IMO tasks Mobereola to sustain NIMASA’s leadership role in regional maritime industry

—– hails his appointment as DG
The Eyewitness Reporter
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has lauded the leadership role of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the maritime industry within the West African sub-region which it said has stabilized maritime administration in the region.
In his congratulatory letter to Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the new NIMASA DG, the Secretary General of IMO Arsenio Dominguez, observed with satisfaction the collaborative efforts of NIMASA that have brought relative peace to the troubled Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
He therefore charged Mobereola to sustain the tempo of activities that will keep the momentum going in the areas of safety, security and building of strong maritime institutions.
In a conveyance letter personally signed by him, the IMO Secretary-General recognized the strides of the Agency in building a robust maritime sector in Nigeria, adding that the IMO commends the significant effort, initiatives, and investment that Nigeria has made in strengthening its maritime institutions.

In the words of Dominguez, “The focus on strengthening maritime law enforcement and security architecture has been welcomed by seafarers and flag States.

“The Deep Blue project and the C4i Centre as well as maritime piracy laws under the SPOMO Act are just some of the many investments that have set a new gold standard in the region in maritime security capacity building”.

“IMO has long supported the regional role of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct and its Member States in strengthening maritime security and law enforcement.

” In this respect, we have been greatly encouraged with the continuation of this regional ownership with the formation and work of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum and Shared Awareness and De-confliction (GoG-MCF/SHADE) in 2021”.

He commended the Agency’s partnership with the various regional bodies and expressed the readiness of the IMO to work with Nigeria and other member states on many maritime issues with the aim of jointly tackling these issues.

“NIMASA’s partnership with the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC) and the collaboration with the shipping industry, navies and the Yaoundé architecture has been instrumental in suppressing the threat of piracy to merchant vessels and seafarers in line with UN Security Council resolution 2634 (2022) on piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea and IMO Assembly resolution A.1159 (32)”.

” I look forward to working with you and your colleagues on many of the maritime issues that we are jointly tackling and hope to welcome you in person at the IMO, he said.

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Eastern shippers, freight forwarders on collision course with Shippers’ Council over increase in haulage rate

Akutah Pius Ukeyima, ES, NSC
The Eyewitness Reporter
Importers, Exporters and freight forwarders playing their trade in the South East region of the country have rejected the recent 200 percent hike in haulage rate by the Nigerian Shippers’Council.
They described the increase as “outrageous, arbitrary, and unacceptable.”
In a press conference called by the aggrieved shippers in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, they claimed that if the hike was not reversed, it would bring them on a collision course with the Shippers’ Council.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the aggrieved group, Joshua Ahuama, Zonal Coordinator of the Association of Nigerian Customs Licenced Agents (ANLCA), claimed that the rate will not only lead to spiral inflation but also in contravention of the provisions of the NSC Act.
He disclosed that the group shall give the Shippers’Council a seven-day ultimatum to reverse to status quo or face withdrawal of their services at the Eastern ports.
He accused the council of not consulting concerned stakeholders before arriving at the decision, saying consultations are an integral part of the NSC Act.
 “Recently, the NSC approved a 200 percent increment in haulage rate for transport owners and drivers operating under the Maritime Union of Nigeria.
“To this end, importers and freight forwarders associations in the eastern zone have unanimously disputed the new rate because it is outrageous, arbitrary, and unacceptable to all stakeholders in the zone.
“We have, however, resolved to adopt all peaceful efforts. We started this move on March 14 by calling on the NSC to ensure proper stakeholder engagement and renegotiation.

” These measures are also expected to help all parties to reach a benchmark that would be in the interest of all stakeholders in the maritime value chain,” Ahuama noted.

 “We also urge the NSC to return to the status quo by suspending the implementation of the disputed rate, pending proper renegotiation covering the interest of all stakeholders.

“We are not on a selfish course. Our demands are in the interest of Nigerians because any slight increase in the haulage rate will reflect on the prices of goods in the open market.

“A businessman incorporates total logistic costs into the prices of goods.”

However, the group said they might be constrained to take drastic measures, including suspending all declarations of goods and payments of customs duties, which could negatively affect national revenue and economic output.

Some members of the import and export associations present at the meeting included the Nigeria Shippers Association, the Aba International Traders Association, the Ultimate Importers Association, the POP Importers Association, the Nnewi Importers Association, and the Onitsha Importers Association.

However, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has said that the new approved rate took into consideration the cost, moderation and other cargo transport issues.
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Performance of Apapa Customs scanning officers excites Comptroller Jaiyeoba

The Eyewitness Reporter
The Area Controller of Apapa command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba has lauded the uncompromising attitude of the officers of the Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology Unit (NIITU) which he said has been invaluable to the overall success of the command.
Comptroller Jaiyeoba, who was on an unscheduled visit to the scanner site, reminded the officers of the importance of teamwork as a strong basis to sustain the gains of compliance and revenue collection recently recorded by the command.
He thanked Deputy Comptroller Salamatu Atuluku, the Officer in charge of the scanning site and encouraged the unit not to be deterred by complaints coming from persons who were made to pay accurate duties to the government after issuance of demand notices
According to him, no business person who is made to part with money will be happy with officers who refused to compromise the ethics of their job
” The main reason for me coming here is to appreciate you. I may not see you but I have seen your work and I won’t keep quiet about what I have seen about your work.
“You are doing very well. I just want to encourage you to work as a team. If you don’t work as a team, you give room for outsiders to come in and when they come in, they divide you and when they divide you,  achieving success will be very difficult
” Do your work without blemish. Once you keep your arm straight, you can stand before anybody. Your work as a customs officer is to ensure that you do the correct thing
” For those of you doing an intervention in the form of Demand Notice(DN), there is no body who part with money that will be happy with you.
“They will want to play intelligent by hiding somewhere. When you fetch them from their hiding place, they become your enemy. Whatever they write about anybody here will still come down to me and if anybody works well, the onus on me is to defend such a person.
“Just have it at the back of your mind that you owe yourself the duty of doing your work diligently whether anyone comes around as a friend or enemy.
“It is not enough for you to rest. The reward for hard work is more work. These demands require sacrifice so that you can maintain the status” he said.
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