Shippers Council Appeals To Buhari to Revisit Transportation Commission Bill

National Transportation Commission Bill.

The Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider his decision to decline assent to the National Transportation Commission Bill.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill which had been passed by the National Assembly suffered a setback recently as the president declined his assent to it.

Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary of the NSC told newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday that the situation had continued to affect the regulation of the shipping sector.

Bello, who was giving the stewardship of the organisation in the outgoing year, regretted that 12 years after port reform, the Transport Commission and the Port and Harbor bills remained unavailable.

“Because of the non availability of those bills, regulation has remained cumbersome and policy enhancement elusive and resistance to regulations common among operators.

“Litigation has been rife in the sector with it attendant private monopoly instead of public monopoly that will encourage competition in the sector,” he said.

According to him the passages of those bills will among other things enhance policy formulation geared towards the development of the sector.

He said that in a bid to smoothen transactions at the ports, the NSC had developed standard operation procedure for port users to reduce delays in cargo handling processes in order to reduce cost.
National transportion commission bill, which was meant to streamline regulations in the transport industry, especially in the maritime sector, was promoted by the shippers council.