The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has launched its Online Portal for the Registration of Regulated Port Service Providers and Users.
In his welcome address, the director, South-South zone of NSC, Mr. Glory Onojedo, represented by Mrs. Patricia Osuma, director, Public Relations of the Council, at Onne, Rivers state, he noted that the launching and presentation that followed, would take participants through a seamless process of registration on the electronic portal.
The director said: “As you are all aware, the port as a critical infrastructure needs to be competitive, to guard against monopoly and free for potential players to enter and exit, in order to for its users to enjoy the benefit of competitive pricing and efficient service delivery.
“It is against this back drop, that the Federal Government of Nigeria, pursuant to Nigerian Shippers’ Council Act Cap N133LFN 2024 appointed the NSC as Ports Economic Regulator. The aim is to create an effective regulatory regime at Nigerian Ports for the control of tariffs, rates, charges and other related economic services.”
Mr Onojedo further stated that the NSC in the performance of its mandate, developed and implemented a strategic plan for implementation and some of the accomplishments so far include: cost moderating exercise by constant engagement with service providers to ensure that tariffs and charges are tied to services rendered, provision of guidelines for setting tariffs, rates and charges to guard against arbitrariness and ensure that the port operates competitively and promotion and development of transport infrastructure such as Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) and Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs) to facilitate cargo delivery to hinterland destinations.
Others include: Establishment of machineries for monitoring compliance with set operational standards; establishment of a compliant resolution mechanism to address and attend to complaints from service providers and users; harmonisation of tariff and charge nomenclatures to facilitate effective negotiation of tariffs, rates and charges and registration of regulated service providers and users in line with the policy of Know-Your Customer (KYC).