The Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) has expressed fears that the ongoing review of the port concession agreement may not be successful unless it is involved in the process.
The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, who disclosed this on the side-line of the Sub-regional workshop on Ports Concessions in West and Central Africa and its impact on the economies of member states, in Abuja, said the Council is not presently involved in the review process, depicting partial consideration of port's major stakeholder.
He said, "Shippers' Council will insist to be part of the concession agreement because NSC is Port Economic Regulator, and also a representative of users and providers of shipping services. For now, NSC is not participating in the review and the Council is a representative of so many things. You cannot have meaningful port concession agreement without the inputs of Shippers' Council. I am aware that the Federal Ministry of Transportation is looking into this because we have to take care of the interest of all port users."