Inadequate funding is still our problem – Bello, CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council

Mr. Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council

Cargo Tracking Note commences in 2021

The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has hinted that the Federal Government has approved the implementation of Advanced Cargo Tracking Note (ACTN) and will commence operation before the end of 2021.

Hassan Bello stated this when he hosted members of the League of Maritime  Editors and Publishers in his office during the week,  explaining that the Council has earmarked a number of projects but that lack funds is preventing it from executing them.

“The ACTN is a global initiative to monitor and verify cargoes on transit from the port of origin to destination. It will enable the Federal government to earn about N17billion per annum from all imports into the country. It will also drastically reduce human interface in the port industry, check the importation of contraband goods as well as create a database for international trade.

“It does not belong to the Shippers’ Council alone. It is all about data, revenue enhancement and blockage of revenue leakages. ACTN will also eliminate corruption in the maritime sector of the economy, said Bello, saying “Our funding has remained critically very low and this is affecting us.”

He pleaded with maritime journalists to continue to support the chief executives in the nation’s maritime industry as they continually strive to improve the sector.

He said that his dream is to ensure that cost of shipping activities is drastically reduced, noting that when the Lekki Deep seaport comes on stream, “things will never be the same again.”

He regretted that the traffic in and around Apapa has debased us so much but quickly added that very soon, it will be a thing of the past when all the road network is completed.

Speaking on the visit of members of the League of Maritime Editors and Publishers, Mr. Bello said that he had looked forward to hosting them adding that they have tremendously contributed to the development of the maritime industry.

He said that this is why the Council regards members of the League as experts and stakeholders and accord them the necessary respect. 

He however demanded a balanced reporting and analysis from the media.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke, the President of the League, said that the visit was to renew areas of collaboration with the Council as well as acquaint the NSC boss with the new programmes of the Association.

This includes the establishment of the Centre for Maritime Journalism and Research and capacity building for which accommodation has already been acquired.

Mr. Anaroke further assured the Council of quality publicity support from League members for the various efforts being made by the agency as an Economic Regulator of the port industry.

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