Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr. Hassan Bello

Shippers’ Council goes tough on erring industry service providers

…gets Police backing to enforce compliance

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, has received the full backing of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to enforce compliance among erring service providers in the shipping industry.

The new Assistant Inspector General of Police, Maritime Police Command, Mr. Pius Imue, during a visit to the Headoffice of the Council in Apapa assured that every support will be given to the Council to enable it discharge its statutory obligations without hindrance.

Imue said that the Maritime Command of the Police will be ready to dedicate a team that will accompany the Council in its monitoring of the industry.

According to him, a Desk for this assignment and other matters affecting the industry has been set up.

He said that the team of the Police Unit will be ready to accompany the Council officials on target mission once it is given a notice for the operation.

The AIG was quoted saying, “if you want to visit any of the companies, give us 24 hour notice. We shall give you police team to go for enforcement.”

The Police support came following a request to this effect by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr Hassan Bello, who said that monitoring compliance in the industry was very imperative.

It would be recalled that maritime industry stakeholders had called on the Council over two years ago to seek the support of the Police in enforcing some of its statutory obligations.

The stakeholders had referred the Council to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, NAFDAC, among others who have dedicated Police Units to enforce their statutory functions at any given time.

The management of the Council had however played this down, preferring a gentleman approach, a style that appears not to be helping the Council.

Bello had also during the visit called on the AIG to put an end to a situation in which some police officers were intercepting containers cleared at the ports on the high way.

According to Bello, this has been affecting trade facilitation because of the delay involved.

Responding on this, Imue assured that this will be addressed, adding that there is a standing instruction to stop such exercise.

He explained that in the past, some officers who were not of the Maritime Command were in the habit of writing terminal operators not to release some containers to owners, adding that this has been addressed.
Credit: Shipping Day.

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