“It is now clear that no agency, no stakeholder can wake up on their own whims and go into the marketplace and decide for themselves what charges to impose on our maritime services.
“You have to negotiate with the Shippers’ Council whether there should be an increase or a decrease and this is going to impact the economy because we are talking of competitiveness and to be competitive, the cost of business must be related to the quality of services that are delivered.”
According to him, the pronouncement would bring about confidence in port service users for the fact that they know that every charge will be attached to quality service, saying it will engender competitiveness.
Jime informed that the Council would now be able to carry out its mandate of a regulator having been backed up with a pronouncement by the federal government.
“The role of the regulatory services that Shippers’ Council is supposed to carry out, we have not been able to do that as clearly as we should because of some questions that have come from industry stakeholders as to whether the legal backing for Shippers’ Council is as clear as it should.
“For me, this particular sensitisation programme that we have held this morning9last week Friday) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and anchored by our own revered Permanent Secretary where there is now a clear declaration of the legal backing of the mandate of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the port Economic Regulator, the stakeholders here today will go with a certain clarity that finally, there is a proper definition of the mandate of Shippers’ Council.
“What does it do to the operational environment in the maritime domain?
“Going forward, the maritime stakeholders are clear that there is a body responsible for the economic regulatory framework.
“In the past, there were a lot of inter-agency rivalries, but today we are beginning to come together to work on the same page, recognising that what matters is to have efficiency and quality service delivery in our ports,” he enthused.
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