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NIGERIA: MARAN Organises Seminar To Examine Decade Of Ports Concession Programme

NIMASAThe oldest grouping of accredited journalists covering the sector, the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) is organising a one-day seminar on the ten years of port concession in the nation.

The event, which is billed for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, proposes to highlight the pains and gains of the ports concession programme in Africa’s pre-eminent economy.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, is listed as the Chairman of the seminar, which starts 10:00am at the International Maritime Press Centre/MARAN Secretariat, Atlantic House, 26/28, Wharf Road, Apapa, Lagos State, Nigeria.

The forum, which aligns with MARAN’s tradition of setting agenda for the growth of the industry, has as its theme: A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME.

The sub-themes of the talkshop are:
· NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY (NPA) PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· SEAPORTS TERMINAL OPERATORS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;

. NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;

· NIGERIAN SHIPPERS’ COUNCIL (NSC) PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· SHIPPERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· CUSTOMS AGENTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· CUSTOMS BROKERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· FREIGHT FOWARDERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· LOGISTICS SERVICES PROVIDERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· STEVEDORES’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME;
· LABOUR UNIONS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME; and
· HAULAGE OPERATORS’ PERSPECTIVES ON A DECADE OF THE NIGERIAN PORTS CONCESSION PROGRAMME.

Therefore, resource persons would be drawn from the NPA, concessionaires, shippers, labour, licensed Custom agents, Customs brokers, freight forwarders, etc.

MARAN is aware of the enormous resources in the maritime industry, which, if well-harnessed, is capable of generating between seven to eight trillion Naira annually for the Federal Government. Experts are unanimous about this possibility.

The Minister of Transportation, the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has certainly not hidden his passion for the development of the sector.
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, at the different fora he has so far attended in the industry, has made it abundantly clear that he is desirous of a robust, efficient, competitive and cost- effective maritime sector, which vast potentials could be maximally-harnessed for the economic growth of the country.

Notably, the Minister has also severally enquired about the level of efficiency and effectiveness of the port concession exercise, and what it has generated in monetary terms to the Federal Government, concessionaires, stevedores, other investors and port users, as well as value addition to the system generally.

At the forum, the Nigerian ports concession programme will be x-rayed by experts in terms of its efficiency or otherwise, with a view to making necessary adjustments, if need be, for maximum results.

The forum, expectedly, will attract enthusiastic participation from the various sectors of the maritime industry, generate robust debate, and address most of the questions agitating the mind of the Minister and other stakeholders on Nigeria’s port concession programme

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