The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shipper’s Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, along with
some directors recently paid a working visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his
office in Alausa, Lagos
.Speaking about the visit, the ES/CEO disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to brief the
governor on some key issues like multimodal approach to cargo delivery & evacuation, 24-hour Port Operations, Digitalisation of the Port and Traffic Management.
He emphasized the importance of synergy and coordination further stressing that provision of infrastructure must be prioritised.
According to the ES, “if infrastructure is not coordinated or integrated, very little progress will be made”.
Commending both Lagos State and the Federal Government, the NSC boss drew attention to Federal Government’s effort in ensuring that the ports access roads are completed.
Bello presented to Governor Sanwo-Olu and his team the 2015 NSC-commissioned National Freight
Information and Transport Hub (NAFITH) report which outlined solutions to the Apapa traffic problem
that arose after the concessioning of the ports.
The ES offered the Council’s assistance to train LASTMA officials for better service delivery in the port
axis, an offer that was well-received by the governor who added that LASTMA should have an office
Bello informed the governor about the monthly heads of Maritime agencies meeting. He said the
synergy brought about by this meeting will impact positively on the Maritime sector, leading to
economic gains for the nation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who was at the meeting with his deputy, Dr. Femi Hamzat, the commissioner of transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, permanent secretary in the ministry of transport, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu and the Special Assistant – Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka assured the team from Shippers’ Council of his
cooperation, stating that the goals of his government and that of Nigerian Shippers’ Council in terms of restoring sanity to Apapa and making Lagos a smart city are aligned.