Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello

Francis Ezem

The Nigerian Shippers Council NSC, the country’s Economic Regulator for the seaport industry has dedicated its recent World Bank Ease of Doing Business Ranking Award to the teeming members of staff of the council, who made it possible by performing their individual functions effectively.

The prestigious World Bank 2019 Doing Business Ranking Award was in recognition of its efforts at driving the Presidential Enabling Environment Council PEBEC overall reform initiatives in the port environment.

Executive Secretary/CEO of the council, Hassan Bello, who commented on the Award, said it was made possible by the hard work and dedication of the members of staff of the council across all departments that know what to do at every point in time.

According to him, one could have the best ideas, policies and programmes, if he does not have the right mix of staffers to bring such programmes to fruition, nothing can be achieved.

“But we’re blessed in the council to have the right mix of well trained and dedicated staffers, and they remain our greatest assets as an organisation”, he said.

Bello, who expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, especially Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who doubles as the chairman of PEBEC for all his support and encouragement to the council, assured that the Award will ginger it to do even more.

He also thanked the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi for always being there for the council at all times.

From left: Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo presenting the World Bank Award to the representative of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Adaora Nwonu in Abuja recently.

It was also gathered that another reason for which the council was bestowed with the award was in recognition of its contributions to the implementation of reforms within the Trading Across Border Indicator of the World Bank Doing Business, which led to Nigeria’s movement up to 15 places on the World Bank 2020 Doing Business Ranking.

The NSC’s reform champion at PEBEC, Miss Adaora Nwonu also received a special recognition award as the reform champion of the Council on the World Bank 2020 Doing Business Index.

The Annual PEBEC Award which took place at the state House conference hall, Abuja was hosted by the PEBEC under the chairmanship of the Vice President.

The Vice President had while speaking at the event, reiterated the crucial role of an enabling business environment in a nation’s ability to grow in a sustainable manner and the prosperity of its people.

He commended the awardees, urging them to keep up the good work and go the extra mile in supporting the actualisation of the Federal Government’s reforms towards ensuring a conducive business environment.

In her welcome address, the Special Adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on Ease of Doing Business/ PEBEC Secretary, Dr. Jumoke Odumole, acknowledged the support of Ministries, Department and Agencies and private sector institutions towards  the improvement recorded by Nigeria on the World Bank Doing Business Ranking and Being named among the top ten most improved economies for the second time.

She noted that there was still more work to be done to attain the target of being among the first 70 countries by 2023 on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking.