President of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mallam Isma’ila Zakari has charged the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) to work out modalities for encouraging patronage of Nigerian ports by local and foreign investors.
Mallam Isma’ila Zakari when he paid a courtesy visit to the Council on Tuesday March 27, 2018.
Noting that as maritime economic regulator, Mallam Isma’ila Zakari, who was represented by Dame Onome Adewuyi, said NSC has to make the nation’s ports a maritime hub in the West African sub region.
“We want you to continue to preach and let the ports in Nigeria be number one port in the continent and in the world. At least a hub in Africa that everybody will want to do business with.
“Several years ago, we heard Nigerians go to Cotonou to clear their goods because of the challenges we have in the port but we don’t hear that anymore and I give credit to you because you have brought down all the bottlenecks,” she said.
Speaking further, the Institute sought the financial assistance of the Council towards the launching of its N50 million building fund.
“We are looking for N50 million to build a befitting building for your colleagues’ institute and it will be a thing of joy to come and support one of your own. We will really appreciate if you can be part of this project,” she quipped.
Responding to her demands, the Executive Secretary and CEO of Shippers’ Council, Barrister Hassan Bello who was also represented by Mr. Akintunde Makinde, Director, Inland Transport Service, said that the Council had approved that six of its staff would attend the upcoming ICAN training conference billed for next month.
He noted that the Council was established to protect the interest of Nigerian shippers, adding that it also provides capacity for stakeholders in port operations in Nigeria.