How Nigeria can become regional maritime hub says Jime, NSC boss


Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime Nigeria’s has given conditions that can make Nigeria become the desired maritime hub in the West and Central Africa subregion.

Speaking at the breakfast meeting organized by Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), in Lagos last Thursday, the Shippers Council boss said one of the conditions will be determined by the provision of adequate port infrastructure for efficient operations in the country.

Jime who was Special Guest at event said that Nigeria’s desire to become the maritime hub for West Africa should will gain momentum with the development of its port infrastructures to meet global standards.

“Unless we focus on the development of our infrastructure and make them of international standards, we will not achieve our objective of being a maritime hub, “ he declared.

Another area to look at Jime noted is the current mode of cargo evacuation in Nigeria which focuses more on the road network contrary to the sustainable way of delivering port services in other parts of the world.

“The inland waterways and rail linkages are the significant parts of port operations that should come together for the nation to achieve the ultimate objective of ranking as a premium, proper maritime nation,’’ he said.

He added that Nigeria needs strengthen its weak regulatory framework at the ports to make the country’s ports more attractive to global trade.

The NSC Executive Secretary, who is also lawyer, administered the oath of office to the 9-man newly elected MARAN executives led by Mr Godfrey Bivbere as President.

While inaugurating the new executives, Hon Jime thanked the foremost maritime reporters body for the warm reception accorded him when he was appointed to head the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, and the cordial working relationship they have maintained with him ever since.

He also eulogised MARAN for taking the initiative to host a breakfast meeting on the deplorable state of infrastructure at Tin Can Island Port, which according to him has brought about a robust discourse aimed at proffering solutions to the issue.

The NSC boss pledged to collaborate with the association in their efforts to finding lasting solutions to the myriads of issues enveloping the sector, even as he called on the leadership of the association to make him an integral part of their planning for programmes as it makes his work easier as the nation’s Port Economic Regulator.

In another developnent, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, who was represented by the General Manager, MD’s Office, Mr Ayodele Durowaiye reassured that NPA will maintain its close relationship with MARAN as the foremost maritime beat association.

He said that NPA is pleased with the activities of MARAN and would continue to collaborate with the body, especially on programmes aimed at revolutionising port operations.

Picture: Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council


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