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Shippers Council Reaffirms FG ‘s Commitment To Ensure Thriving Haulage Business In Port Operations 

Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers'Council, Barrister Pius Akutah Ukeyima
By Roland Ekama
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has reassured  stakeholders that  the Federal Government is committed to ensure haulage business strive  in the nation’s seaports.
The council has equally approved negotiated and reviewed haulage rates from Eastern ports to various destinations in the country.
The rates approved were in consideration of  cost moderation and cargo transport issues.
The negotiations were harmonious and the rates agreed upon were acceptable by all parties, including freight forwarders and truck owners.
Addressing the meeting in Lagos, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr.Akutah Pius, commended the stakeholders for  their conceited effort  towards negotiating an haulage rates from Eastern Ports to other destinations.
Barr. Akutah lauded the stakeholders for their  commitment to move the country forward despite the challenges they are facing in their haulage business.
Akutah used to occasion to call on the stakeholders   to support  the Federal Government’s aspiration to transform the maritime sector.
The NSC CEO  said the sector remains a gold mine for the nation’s economy with the current efforts of the government  to ensure its  development.
Among stakeholders present at the meeting were the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent, National Council of Managing Directors Customs Agents, Association of Registered Freight Forwarders of Nigeria, Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, Maritime Workers Union, General Goods Transporters Association of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that as at the time of the 2022 review, the cost of AGO ( Diesel oil) was N300 Litre, the USD $ 1  was exchanging  rate to N400. After, the 2022 exercise, the price of AGO/ Litre started soaring and it is currently hovering  between N1, 500 and N1,700.
Consequently  truck owners started agitating for  the review of the haulage rates
After a series of meetings with the  stakeholders  negotiating  haulage rates,   the issue eventually came to conclusion through the intervention by the Ports Economic Regulator.
The President of the General  of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria ( MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju  lauded  Barr. Akutah for his contribution to the development of maritime sector since his assumption as the Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shoppers,’ Council.
He expressed his readiness to solidly support the CEO in actualizing his aspirations for the maritime sector.
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