‘We’ll Partner With Airfreight To Promote Seamless Trade’ – Jime
BY EGUONO ODJEGBA
The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of THE Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime have said the Council will continue to maintain synergy with critical stakeholders such as Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum towards achieving the common goal of promoting seamless trade.
Jime who made the pledge when the President Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum, Mr. Toyin Onifade led his members on a courtesy visit to the NSC’s Headquarters yesterday, said the Council cannot afford to do less in the promotion of seamless trade in addition to creating the right enabling environment for businesses to thrive. The NSC boss said that NSC was statutorily established to protect the interest of shippers, adding that the Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum is essential to this fundamental responsibility.
“I have had thorough briefing about the activities of Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum. I understand that the Forum has, expectedly, played a key role in airfreight matters. As Port Economic Regulator, NSC wants business to be done seamlessly in both the seaports and airports in the country.”
A statement by the Council Head of Public Relations, Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju quoted the ES/CEO as also emphasizing the need to ensure proper packaging of exports for various international markets; while assuring the team of Council’s support for their operations.
While appreciating the Council for receiving his team, the ASF President unveiled plans to launch a manual which would provide guidelines for stakeholders in airfreight businesses in the country.
Onifade said the maritime sector can conveniently generate more than five hundred thousand employment opportunities. He drew the attention to the fact that airfreight works out cheaper than conveyance of goods by roads.
He said enlightenment campaigns by relevant government agencies are needed for shippers to be attuned to the benefits of airfreight.
It may be recalled that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council and Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum have jointly organized series of workshops and interactions for stakeholders on topical issues on exports and airfreight business in the country.