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The confusion shrouding the pending sack of about 5,000 contract staff by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have now been laid to rest as the Minister of Transportation; Rotimi Amaechi, has formally approved the end of employment relationship with stevedoring contractors and a set of dockworkers known as tally clerks and onboard security.

Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), has concluded a one-day train-the-trainer retreat for freight forwarders in Lagos.
Addressing partici-pants drawn from major freight forwarders’ associations in the country, the Executive Secretary of NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello decried the poor standards of freight forwarding practice in Nigeria, but hailed the group’s contribution to the nation’s economy and shipping sector.
He said the poor standard in the profession was because freight forwarding practice has over the years become an all-comer affair, which he said is inimical to smooth and efficient clearance of goods at the ports.
Bello who was represented by the Director, Commercial Shipping Services, Dabney Shal-Homa, at the training organized in partnership with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and Vestraker – a Ghanaian firm, said the programme amongst others issues, was designed to promote capacity building and bring about international best practice in the sector.
NSC therefore noted that “for practitioners to operate effectively at the ports, they must be exposed to standards of practice in the profession, which will help in minimizing unethical conducts and promote efficient service delivery”.
“It is in this light that the Shipper’s Council as part of its regulatory mandate in striving to bring about International best practices in freight forwarding profession in Nigeria packaged this retreat programme that would expose our freight forwarders to standard practices, organisation, cost and benchmarks of freight forwarding using the vestracker experience.
In his goodwill message, National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu, argued that the inability of practitioners to embrace ICT was a major factor responsible for poor standard in the profession and called on participants to raise their knowledge base to help them build and adopt professional practice in the sector.
Coordinator of Vestraker, Osam Kyemenu, said the firm was in Nigeria to help build capacity and help freight forwarders improve and apply best global standards to their business through the use of technology.
In his word;, “Our main goal is to let the freight forwarding companies know that they need to move away from the status quo and employ international process through the use of technology”.

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