Ayobami Omotoso, President/Council Chairman and Members of the Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON) has called for greater cooperation from the Nigerian Shippers Council in promoting export.
Omotoso who led his members on a courtesy visit to Emmanuel Jime, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer and Management of Nigerian Shipper’s Council, in Lagos recently appeal to the Federal Government to establish an Export-specific Port to further encourage exports.
The CIECOBON President said lack of flat-bottomed vessels to transport cargos to Apapa rendered the use of Ikorodu Lighter Terminal once designated for export, a dead on arrival decision.
Omotoso disclosed that one of the shipping lines operating in the sub-region has been providing open roof-top vessels for Ghanaian exporters of produce.
He pleaded with NSC to discuss the possibility of extending such a service to Nigerian exporters because the RIFA containers that should ordinarily be used are too expensive for many exporters.
In his response, Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, in his welcome address assured the delegate that part of NSC’s mandate, being in alliance with that of CIECOBON, will result in a partnership that will benefit the nation’s economy.
Jime commended the doggedness of CIECOBON in promoting export through advocacy and capacity building and enjoined the body to keep forging ahead in its mission with patriotic zeal.
He also assured Omotoso and his delegation that NSC will discuss the request for open rooftop vessels.
The Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON ) came into existence in 2015 following National Assembly approval of the merger of the Institute of Export of Nigeria (IEON) and Commodity Brokers Association of Nigeria (CBAN).