By Ubon Akpan
The Governing Board of The Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC) has finally taken off with a pledge to support the management of the Council in its drive to continue to work for the growth and development of the maritime industry in Nigeria.
The Board, recently appointed by President Mohammadu Buhari held its inaugural meeting last week Thursday.
Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the Governing Board, Hon. Mail Mala Buni, acknowledged the contributions of the present Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr Hassan Bello and his management and promised to give them the necessary support to enable them continue to succeed.
He thanked President Buhari for the constitution of the Board and appointment of the members saying it was a call to national duty and assured management that “whenever and whenever”, it can count on the support of the Board in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr Hassan Bello, said the Council has been waiting anxiously for the Board so that both management and board could work together to achieve set industry goals.
He pointed out that the board came at a time when tremendous changes are taking place in the transport industry with the country leaning more on transportation as far as infrastructural development is concerned.
He reiterated the pledge of the management to the Board to be open in all ramifications, saying this was because the Board is seen as a partner in progress.
Bello also described members of the management team of the Council as very well trained, disciplined and among the best the industry can offer in policy
Saying the appointment of the Board will further move the Council forward, the Executive Secretary made it clear that the Council was very fortunate to have knowledgeable and experienced personalities on the Board, adding that this was a good development for the ports economic regulator.
According to Barr Hassan Bello the Council was happy about this since the ports economic regulator was a knowledge-based agency.
Said Bello: “We are very fortunate when we look at the curriculum vitaes of the board members. NSC is privileged to have an array of personalities, experienced and knowledgeable.
“This is because the NSC is an agency based on knowledge in research. We have a Chairman who is experienced, who is a coordinator of men. We have a Chairman who will knock and doors will open. We have a Chairman who is very humble”.
Bello also described members of the management team of the Council as very well trained, disciplined and among the best the industry can offer in policy and gave an assurance that proper service will continue to be delivered.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has been without a Governing Board since 2011 when the last Board headed by Dr.(Mrs.) Mariam Alli was dissolved.
Last week, The Senate finally passed the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill with the provision that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) will regulate the entire transport industry.
With the passage of the Bill, the NSC will simply transmute into NTC once the Bill gets the assent of the President.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport and Aviation Senator Gbenga Ashafa who spoke on the passage of the Bill said it was a good development for the transport sector as when signed into law, it will bring about positive development to the transport sector.