By Godfrey Bivbere
NIGERIAN Shippers’ Council (NSC) has called for increased cooperation between Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) in the area of shipping and transportation.
Making the call in Lagos while paying host to Uk’s Director of Trade and Investment, Mike Purves, its Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Hassan Bello, stressed the readiness of the Council to promote a viable shipping trade in the country.
Bello noted that the above is capable of attracting investors to the maritime industry stressing that the Council is actively promoting a multi-modal transport system.
The Shippers Council boss who commended the Director for the courtesy visit, stated that some of the projects being designed by the Council for this purpose include the Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and Container Freight Stations (CFSs) and Truck Transit Parks (TTPS) in designated locations in the country. Bello further explained that the establishment of ICDs and CFSs would in addition to decongesting the ports, also provide employment opportunities as it is capable of attracting other subsidiary service providers.
He also pointed out that the ICD Project if properly harnessed would open more trade corridors between Nigeria and its landlocked neighbours and called on the UK investors to take advantage of opportunities provided by this project. The Council helmsman reminded his guest of the long standing business relationship between the Council and the UK Trade and Investment and further disclosed that the Council had done extensive survey for the establishment of TTPs on Public Private Partnership arrangement.