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The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has promoted several new directors in a bid to ensure the Council carries out its functions efficiently.
According to a press statement sent to Platform Reporters recently the new directors are Mr. Samuel Abu Vongtau, Director, Legal Services (DLS), Mr. Akintunde Nathaniel Makinde, Director, Inland Transport Services (DITS), Mr. Balarabe Umar Sumalia, Director, Corporate Services (DCS), Mr. Ola Sunday Babafemi, Director, Strategic Planning and Research, Ms. Ifeoma Adanma Ezedinma, Director, Regulatory Services (DRS), Mr. Igfnatius Nweke, Director, Special Duties (DSD).
Nweke had joined the Council as a Public Relations Officer in 1990 and he rose to the position of the Deputy Director Public Relations at the Council.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, the Nigerian Police Force, Marine Police Command has assured the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) of support in carrying out some of its statutory obligations at the nation’s ports.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Pius Imue made the promise during a courtesy visit to the NSC’s Head office in Lagos recently.
AIG Imue also promised to create a team that will work with NSC and other Government agencies at the ports
According to the Police Boss, the police officers are at the disposal of the Council each time they want to carry out any monitoring and compliance exercise at the ports.
He promised to set up a special desk to handle reports on maritime matters as requested by the Executive Secretary. The Desk would made up of officers who are knowledgeable and have integrity to deliver.
AIG Pius Imue said the police would put a stop to interception of already cleared cargoes.
According to him, it was discovered that some police officer who are not under Marine Police domain were in the habit of writing the terminal operators to stop release of containers. He said this would be addressed.
In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hassan Bello said the agency needs a friendly and efficient port, noting that such port wouldn’t exist without the integration of the Marine Police Command.