MARAN to host seminar on port regulation

The Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) is set to hold a stakeholders summit to discuss the pricing system at Nigerian ports in order to ensure equity and fairness.

This is coming barely two months after the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) was appointed by the Federal Government to act as commercial regulator of the port.

The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, and Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Maritime Services, Mr. Leke Oyewole, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, and Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi, are among dignitaries expected at the one-day event.

The summit titled “Pre-requisites for a fair port pricing regime: Shippers Perspective” is expected to hold on 5th of May at the Rockview Hotel in Apapa.

According to the Chairman of the organizing committee, Kayode Atofolaki, the summit participants will include terminal operators, freight forwarders, shipping companies, representatives of government agencies, importers and exporters among several other stakeholders.

Atofolaki said the seminar will afford stakeholders the opportunity to brainstorm and highlight the various challenges in the port system so as to assist NSC perform its new role.

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