The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has solicited for support of Nigeria Customs Service to enhance the efficiency of Nigerian ports and make it a hub for the sub-region.
Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary of the Council, who led his management team on a courtesy visit to Apapa and Tin can Area Command of Nigeria Customs Services yesterday, called for a synergy that would transform the nation’s ports to regional maritime hub in African sub region.
His words “Since 2006 when the ports were concessioned, Nigeria has recorded mass improvement in terms of turnaround time of vessels but still other problems persist at the ports.
We want Customs to be our critical partner in transforming the nation’s ports.” According to him, the Federal Government is now focusing on maritime sector now that the country is experiencing dwindling fall in the price of oil.
He said that the Council has had meetings with Customs, especially, the Comptroller -General, adding that, it has assisted in solving many issues at the country’s ports.