LAGOS – Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), on Monday appealed to terminal operators to review their charges to hasten cargo clearance.
Bello made the appeal during a familiarisation visit to ENL Consortium and Ports and Cargo Handling Services (PCHS) in Apapa, Lagos.
He said that the Council, as an economic regulator, was to ensure the concession of the terminals increased productivity to the benefit of all.
He said that it was important to eliminate unnecessary charges, rent seeking, delay in delivery of cargoes and under-the-counter dealing that hindered efficient transactions.
The NSC chief said that activities of terminal operators should be coordinated and streamlined to ensure efficiency and transparency.
He said the aim of the visit was to give NSC free access to the terminals and provide information that would enable the council to carry out its duties effectively.
“This will give us the opportunity to monitor and coordinate activities in the terminals within the terms of the government. [eap_ad_2] “We also need the operators to give us information that will help us to measure the level of terminal efficiency.
“We want operators to handle more cargoes and generate more revenue to the benefit of all,’’ Bello said.
He urged the operators to inform the council of their challenges to enable it workout solutions to them.
Speaking, Mr Mark Walsh, the General Manager, ENL Consortium, commended the council for the visit.
Walsh said that without the council’s assistance, transactions at the port would be very challenging.
The general manager said that the NSC should issue directives to the operators to fast-track transactions at the ports.
He said that ENL Consortium would not satisfy everyone but that it would help the NSC to achieve its objectives. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]