consider quick intervention that will bring about intended efficiency in the
ports system by empowering the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), which was
appointed the Ports Economic Regulator with enough legal instrument and
political will to carry out its assignment without blemish.
Rockview Hotel Apapa said the call became necessary because of what they
described as moves by some service providers to stifle regulation in the ports
urgently consider the opinion of legal experts who have canvassed for more laws
for the Council to enable it execute its current roles as a regulator.
beyond the present laws empowering the Council as an Economic Regulator,
government needs to pass laws that will put the Council in the same level with
the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which has been regulating the
communications sector for more than a decade now since the deregulation of the
challenges in executing its mandate as an umpire in the ports sector except
with more legal instrument that will put it in no disputable position to stop
illegalities in the ports sector.
businessmen, he said the knowledge of such background should be
enough reason for the government to do the needful in the area of
adequate powers for the Council to change the wrath in
the ports system.
made at correcting the ills in the ports system, adding that the
steps taken so far give Nigerian importers the hope that very soon the cost of
doing business in Nigerian ports would come down.
smuggle goods into the country through the neighbouring port of Cotonou because
of high charges in Lagos ports.
legal instrument is awaited, government should also have the
political will to allow the Ports Regulator deal decisively with
some of the service providers in the ports system.
regulation in the ports, adding that Nigerian importers were the ones paying
for this problem, while the multinational agencies continue to post millions of
dollars to their home countries.
Ogunlana, also said that beyond equipping the Council with more
powers, government should give free hand to the Ports Regulator to
deal decisively with the service providers who do not want to obey trade
regulations of the federal government.
the service providers were out to stifle regulation, added that surprisingly,
these multinational agencies cannot oppose such regulations in their own
countries except in Nigeria where they enjoy certain patronage from some highly
importers in terms of high illegal charges were not used in developing the
country, but repatriated.
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA) , Mrs. Mfon Usoro, Mr. Louis Mbanefo (SAN),
Mr. Mike Igbokwe (SAN), had early this year called on
the federal government to give the regulator enough
legal backing in its new responsibility.
needs to be fully armed with powers of the law to execute its
the Transport Minister, Senator Idris Umar, including the Chairman of the
Board of the Council, Gen Halilu Ibrahim (rtd) to pursue the passage of
necessary Bills as soon as possible so that the Council can
Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, had also stressed the need for
strong legal framework that will empower the Council.