PCC Chair Pledges Support for Shippers’ Council
Canvasses National Single Window
BY FUNMI ALUKO
The Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba Kunle Folarin has called for the implementation of National Single Window in the nation’s seaports.
Otunba Folarin made the call when he led members of the PCC on a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in Lagos. According to him, National Single Window would give Nigeria a competitive edge over other maritime nations, noting that all stakeholders are working assiduously to make the country a regional maritime hub.
The PCC chieftain also reiterated the need for intermodal transport in Nigerian maritime domain. He noted that an effective rail system and barge operations would address speedy evacuation of cargoes and reduce dependence on roads.
This is even as he affirmed the readiness of PCC to support NSC to meet its regulatory aspirations at the nation’s port. He said their visit to the Council was in view of the importance of The Council’s role as the port economic regulator, and therefore, a key player in the on-going transformation of Nigerian ports.
A statement by the NSC Head, Public Relations, Mrs. Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju, quoted the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, as saying that the NSC will institute effective regulation at the Nigerian ports.
Jime, according to the statement, expressed delight at the working visit by the PCC to the Council.