Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello

The Nigerian Shippers Council is currently seeking the support and cooperation of the Lagos State Government over the projected adoption of multimodal cargo delivery, 24-hour port operations and digital port and traffic management in the state.

It was in the light of this that the Executive Secretary/CEO of the council, Hassan Bello, along with some directors of the agency paid a working visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his office in Alausa, Lagos.

Bello, who addressed the governor and some other state top executives, disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to brief the governor on some key issues such as multimodal approach to cargo delivery and evacuation, 24-hour port operations, digitalisation of the port and traffic management.

He insists that it was important for the council to synergise with the Lagos State Government, arguing that the provision of infrastructure must be prioritised.

According to him, “if infrastructure is not coordinated or integrated, very little progress will be made.”

Commending both Lagos State and the Federal Government, the NSC boss drew attention to Federal Government’s effort in ensuring that the ports’ access roads projects were completed on schedule.

Bello presented to Governor Sanwo-Olu and his team the 2015 NSC-commissioned National Freight Information and Transport Hub NAFITH report, which outlined solutions to the Apapa traffic problem that arose after the concession of the ports to private terminal operators.

Bello also offered the Council’s assistance to train LASTMA officials for better service delivery within the port axis, an offer that was well-received by the governor who added that LASTMA should have an office in Apapa.

It was also gathered that the NSC-boss used the opportunity of the meeting to brief the governor on the monthly heads of maritime agencies’ meeting. He said the synergy brought among the maritime agencies by the monthly meeting will impact positively on the maritime sector, leading to economic gains for the nation.

Meanwhile, Governor Sanwo-Olu who was at the meeting in company of his deputy, Dr. Femi Hamzat, the commissioner of transport, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, permanent secretary in the ministry of transport, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu and the Special Assistant – Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, assured the team from Shippers’ Council of his cooperation, stating that the goals of his government and that of Nigerian Shippers’ Council in terms of restoring sanity to Apapa and making Lagos a smart city are aligned.